London 2012: 18 million journeys made during Olympics.
The Jamaican relay team weren’t the only record breakers over the Olympics – the Underground reached its own PB. According to Transport for London during the Games the Tube carried over 60 million passengers, an increase of 30 per cent compared to last year. Tuesday 7 August was the busiest day and the Tube transported a record breaking 4.5 million people round London, 18% more passengers than the same week last year.
Records were broken on other forms of public transport too. The Docklands Light Railway – London’s first automated regular train service – carried over 6 million passengers, an increase of over 100 per cent compared to last year and the Overground carried almost 6 million passengers, an increase of 47 per cent compared to last year.
Lord Coe once said that transport was ‘the Achilles heel’ of the London’s bid for the Game, but by all accounts there have been few problems. The engineering work that upgraded track and stations across London made a significant contribution to keeping London moving during the ten days of the Olympics and the emergency team of engineers who were on standby day and night to react immediately to problems on the railways did an amazing job of minimising disruption.