Passenger data reveals busiest stations where Tube strike will hit hardest

TubeMillions of Londoners will be struggling to find an alternative route between home and work from tonight as another Tube strike closes the network for more than 24 hours, with no trains running from 6.30pm Wednesday and all of Thursday.

The strike is over payments for drivers to take on night shifts for the introduction of the Night Tube service at weekends from September.

Each day 4 million journeys are made on the Tube. There are 270 stations spread along the 400 kilometres of track. Urbs has been looking at data from Tfl on the use of the stations to see where the biggest impacts will be felt.

In 2014 there were 2.9 billion entries and exits across the Tube network. The busiest station is Oxford Circus with nearly 144,000 people entering the station and 157,000 exiting on the average weekday. Oxford Circus is one of 10 very high use stations that accounted for a quarter of all entries and exits on the network in 2014.

Most of the others are the capital’s main railway stations, with Bank and Canary Wharf serving the financial districts.

Tube busiest weekday

Almost 400 times as many people get on and off at Oxford Circus as at the quietest station on the Tube network, Roding Valley. London’s 3 quietest stations are at the eastern end of the Central Line. 4 others in the top 10 quietest are on the Metropolitan Line.

Tube quietest

A strike on the Tube on a weekday will obviously affect more people than a weekend as the network has 40% more passengers than on a Saturday and twice as many as on a Sunday. But the difference in weekday/weekend passengers is much more pronounced at some stations, showing the workplace focused and leisure focused areas of London.

The stations with the highest proportion of weekday usage are clustered around the city or serving commuters in the east. Some see 90% of their passengers on weekdays. They don’t include any of the main line stations that are among the busiest generally.

Tube weekday ratio

The stations with the highest proportion of weekend use are leisure-focused destinations in central London and all three stations at Heathrow

Tube weekend busy

Source data

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