Tube stations in and around the City have recently seen the highest passenger numbers since the start of the pandemic, according to data.
The highest day for the City section was on May 27, Transport for London’s most recent figures show. Entry and exit taps totalled 264,637 on that Thursday. That includes stations such as Canary Wharf, where 37,393 taps were made that day.
That follows growth earlier in May. There were 258,481 taps recorded in total at 15 stations in and around the City on May 20, including at Bank, Monument and Canary Wharf, Bloomberg said.
The figure marked a jump of about one quarter from the prior week. The report added that the level on May 20 surpassed the previous peak during the pandemic, reached on November 4.
TfL said the busiest day across the whole tube network since the start of the pandemic is currently May 28- 1.9 million journeys were recorded. That is around 47% compared to before the Covid-19 crisis.
Guidance to work from home where possible has been in place for much of the last 15 months, and restrictions are set to loosen later this month, subject to the government giving the green light.
The recent improved tube use came in a month when the hospitality sector was able to start serving indoors and the vaccine rollout continued. It also came as some people returned to offices.
Meanwhile, today the Waterloo & City line reopened two weeks ahead of planned, after closing in March last year.
TfL said: “Ridership on the tube has increased by more than 20% since 17 May.” The capital’s transport authority added that the extra capacity provided will provide more options for people travelling at the busiest times.
Catherine McGuinness, policy chair at the City of London Corporation, said the reopened line “will support the return of the City’s commuting workforce back to the Square Mile as the easing of restrictions allows”.
McGuinness added: “The additional footfall generated will also provide reassurance to the many businesses that rely on commuter traffic for trade.”