TfL hasn’t always been very good at uploading the numbers to their website in a timely fashion, but they have always eventually appeared.
But now they’s also beginning to disappear.
TfL seems to have adopted a policy of only publishing 52 weeks of figures at any time, making it harder to compare the most recent passenger numbers with the same period the year before.
The result of this little wheeze is that a causal observer visiting the site today won’t be able to see that although 37,534 passengers used the tourist attraction last week, the figure is 43,000 less than in the same week last year.
And it means the 103,665 passenger count for week ending 28 July 2012 won’t appear alongside the almost guaranteed lower count for the current week.
This is both puzzling – why would you airbrush your own past successes out of existence? – and at odds with last week’s promises to better embrace transparency and openness.
For some reason a phrase about leopards and spots comes to mind…
Update: Over at BorisWatch Tom has uploaded the full historic passenger numbers.