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TfL passenger volumes still struggling post-lockdown

Ridership on the London Underground in July was still 70% below normal levels, while bus use was down by 51%, according to data from Centre for London.

The London think tank put its London Intelligence report together in association with the Policy Institute and the Centre for Urban Science and Progress at King’s College London.

While public transport is still struggling to recover, road traffic levels have resumed.

Centre for London’s report showed that the number of private cars on the city’s roads in July were only 5% below pre–crisis levels.

Van traffic increased to 8% below pre-crisis levels.

In contrast, use of private hire vehicles (PHVs) remains low, at 43% below pre-crisis levels.

London is also experiencing a cycling boom, with numbers already back to normal on weekdays and even tripling on some weekends.

The length of the average cycle hire trip has more than doubled, from 20 minutes in May 2019 to 42 minutes in May 2020.

London Underground and bus journeys, change from 2019 figures

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