Tube use keeps rising; bus use keeps falling. A tale of two modes of city transport
The latest figures of TfL transport use in the capital are out and show a continuation of patterns seen over the past couple of years with tube use up and bus use down.
Apart from a brief blip around 2017 tube use is growing as it has for the past couple of decades. Latest monthly figures show 102.9 million journeys compared to 100.4 million the same month a year before. Back in 2010 use was 82.9 million for the equivalent month.
Monthly figures are of course volatile but so far this year that same general pattern has been evident and we are now almost half way through the financial year.
Bus use continues in the opposite direction at 150.1 million this year against 151.5 million last year. Back in 2010 bus use was 160.4 million.
Again those are monthly figures match annual trends.
DLR use was up slightly and London Overground down slightly. TfL Rail is up a sizable amount over this financial year as TfL have taken over more services in advance of Crossrail. The next transfer is London Paddington to Reading services in December this year.
Private franchise rail use in London is not reported in these figures and rail franchises are not liable to Freedom of Information requests in regards to use unlike TfL. The only reason we now know usage at Abbey Wood station (and how use has increased sharply) and can see changes by month is because TfL are now in charge. One of the only ways to find out about wider usage is via shareholder reports.
The latest shows a 3.6 percent growth across the Southeastern network but that is not broken down by Metro or long distance routes. Annual station usage figures give another clue and will be released in December.