Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


APPENDICES TO THE MINUTES OF EVIDENCE TAKEN BEFORE THE TRANSPORT SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE TRANSPORT, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THE REGIONS COMMITTEE

Memorandum by the Corporation of London (LU 01)

LONDON UNDERGROUND

  The daytime population in the City of London is around 40 times greater than its number of residents. In weekday peak hours (7.00 am to 10.00 am and 4.00 to 8.00 pm) an estimated 280,000 people move into or out of the City. This figure does not include those travelling through the City in order to get to other parts of London.

  Numerous City businesses have expressed concern to the Corporation over the state of the public transport system in London and the effect it is having on the productivity and efficiency of the City as a business centre. Journeys are often made in crowded conditions with an increasing possibility of service delays several times each week. Comments received vary from the state of London's public transport system in general, overcrowding and delays, to the need for a cross London facility of the sort envisaged by Crossrail.

  Specific concerns have also been expressed about the lack of appropriate investment in the London Underground and the need to improve its capacity and reliability. The failure to answer letters about the level of service has been highlighted. The service offered to passengers by the Waterloo & City line has been subject to adverse comment. Recent problems on this line cited include peak time failures, flooding, defective escalators and the length of time to install a "travellator" at Bank station.


 
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