Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Free Travel Gives Tube Busiest Day Ever; Olympic Record Broken as Credit Card Deal Creates 172,000 Extra Journeys

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Free Travel Gives Tube Busiest Day Ever; Olympic Record Broken as Credit Card Deal Creates 172,000 Extra Journeys

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Byline: Matthew Beard Transport Editor

THE Tube achieved a new record for the number of daily journeys last Friday beating the previous busiest day during the 2012 Olympics thanks to a free travel promotion.

There were 4,576,000 journeys, exceeding the total set on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 when 4,544,000 journeys were made.

It was the second busiest week ever since the Games with overall journeys up by 7.1 per cent on last year.

Some 172,000 free journeys were made last Friday as a credit card company offered complimentary travel to promote contactless wave-and-pay cards rather than Oyster.

Phil Hufton, London Underground's chief operating officer, said: "We are now carrying more passengers than ever before in our history and this clearly illustrates why it is crucial that we invest in the modernisation of the Tube network. Our customers have already benefited from the upgrades of the Jubilee and Victoria lines and work is well underway to modernise the Northern, Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines. …

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