It’s hard to tell if you recently squeezed into a Tube carriage at rush hour, but for the first time in 20 years, fewer people are riding the London Underground than in the previous year.
With 20 million fewer journeys made (roughly equivalent to four million fewer passengers) when compared with the year up to last November, it’s equal to four days of normal Tube operation. Transport for London is now expecting £240m less in fares this year, which will increase its already considerable deficit, expected to reach £1 billion by the end of the financial year.
But who are the people that have let their Oyster cards gather dust? Why have they stopped using the Tube? What are they doing instead? And will their actions inadvertently push TfL off a cliff edge?
Fewer people are using the London Underground, pushing TfL towards a hefty deficit. So where have all the people gone?