Transport bosses say the capital’s bus and tube networks are carrying more passengers than ever, with weekly journey numbers already beating last year’s pre-Christmas peak.
During the week starting 22 September, 50 million passenger journeys were made by bus with a further 26.1 million journeys made by Tube.
In the week of 9 December 2013 a combined 75.8 million journeys were made and Transport for London says it now expects “new highs” to be set next month as the capital prepares for Christmas.
London’s growing population means demand for public transport is predicted to grow by up to 60 per cent by 2050.
TfL already has a number of programmes underway to help meet this demand, including upgrades on the Tube and increasing London Overground trains to 5 cars, creating space for 170 extra passengers per train.
The first of the longer trains entered service this week on the East London Line, with other lines expected to be upgraded during 2015.
In addition, TfL is currently consulting on proposals to extend the Bakerloo line and extending London Overground to Old Oak Common and Barking riverside to increase transport links and continues, alongside the Mayor, to lobby for Crossrail 2.
Sir Peter Hendy CBE, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: “Thanks to vital investment and a programme of modernisation we’ve seen delays cut and more frequent and reliable trains and buses.
“However, we have to keep looking towards the future, and continue the investment, to ensure our transport network keeps pace with the growing number of people who need it.
“Only through this can the network continue to be a driver of the UK’s economy, and maintain London’s position as a world-leading city.”