Passenger numbers at North Greenwich station last week were returning to somewhere near normal levels boosted by the resumption of concerts at the o2.
Passenger taps reached 60,000. Still someway short of levels seen on occasion before March 2020, but the highest for some time.
Numbers look set to rise further still as the Design District’s food court and bar open on 1st September, which will be followed by numerous buildings opening employing up to 1,800 people.
Alongside that comes the resumption of events at the Magazine venue – with a capacity up to 8,000 people. A design trade show is due to be held in September alongside the Design District’s opening.
Housebuilding is still very sluggish from Knight Dragon who own the vast majority of land – much of which are still car parks on the whole.
However to the south is Greenwich Millennium Village which is progressing at a decent rate now after over 20 years when building was rather sporadic.
A new hotel opens soon from Radisson Red, and Travelodge are looking to build a hotel tower – though work has yet to begin.
Much of the growth is, or will be, from the leisure market. While office users are returning in dribs and drabs, and many are working just a couple of days a week in an office, leisure usage on rail has picked up far faster, with weekend use back to normal levels in places.
Some rail companies under the auspices of the Department for Transport are looking to cut peak services and thousands of rail staff, with enhanced off-peak services mooted.
With the Treasury seeking billions in cuts not only in rail but also severe cuts for TfL, whether that happens to any great degree remains to be seen.
Daily station usage figures can be seen here. Unfortunately the DLR or London Overground/TfL Rail is not covered.