Record passenger numbers in London

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A record-breaking week on London’s bus network has seen passenger numbers reach their highest level since before 1960.

With an estimated 49.5m bus journeys made between April 28 and May 4 there are now as many trips being made in the capital each week as in the rest of England combined.

The annual figure of around 2.3bn passengers is 60% above the levels which were seen in 2000 and comes against the backdrop of London’s continued population rise. The figure grew by a million between 2001 and 2011 and is expected to rise by a further million over the next decade.

Leon Daniels, TfL’s MD of Surface Transport, said: “It’s essential we continue to invest to maintain an extensive, affordable and accessible bus fleet. Like passenger numbers, satisfaction is also currently seeing record highs, but we can only sustain this if we continue to invest in the network.”