Published on : Monday, February 6, 2017
Report shows that travellers have wasted more than 400,000 hours because of delays to their journeys in the last 12 months and the sole reason to blame is overcrowding.
Liberal Democrat London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon revealed the amount of time passengers spent battling through crowds at Tube stations and onto trains, including queues at the barriers. She called for half-price tickets for those willing to travel outside the morning peak period. She continued in her conversation that these figures powerfully demonstrate that improvements to the Tube are in many places not even keeping up with the rising demand for travel created by London’s booming population and record number of tourists. It is matter of immediate concern that the growth in Tube delays caused by overcrowding should have a solution. The delays at Jubilee line are majorly concerning.
She also continued saying that there is a vital need to maintain investment in improving the Tube; however, there is also the need to go further and consider imaginative policies to manage demand on the Tube.
As a simple solution, she requested if people could start their journeys earlier in the morning when they will be offered half-price tickets for the Tube travel which will start before 7.30am.
Her study showed that the number of incidents of Tube delays caused by overcrowding tripled between 2012 and 2016.
Tube passengers lost 390,786 hours in 2016 due to delays caused by overcrowding, compared with 136,644 hours in 2012. The research showed travellers lost 147,451 hours on the Jubilee line in 2016.
Steve Griffiths, chief operating officer for London Underground, said in a statement that crowding is more often a consequence rather than a cause of delays. The plan to improve and build Crossrail 2 is under consideration. With the progressive growth of the city’s population, it definitely calls for a sustained investment and expansion in the transport network.