London transport delays leave ‘half the world’s population’ late for work

Overground Uncovered Exhibition, John Sturrock

Thousands of commuters have found themselves running late for work and missing appointments today, due to severe delays on the East London Line.

The disruption comes as new figures show that 3.4 billion TfL journeys are undertaken each year. As the Evening Standard reports, this is the equivalent of half the world’s population using the bus or Underground, with passengers numbers of 1.1 billion using the tube alone.

The world record figures highlight the huge pressure the transport network is under, with today’s delays the latest in a series of headaches for passengers.

The overground delays affected services running from Dalston Junction to West Croydon. This was due to signaling problems in the Wapping/Shadwell area.

Passengers were advised to alter their journeys and find alternative means of travel. Overground tickets were being accepted on the Southeastern trains, according to an overground customer service representative. Passengers traveling to Crystal Palace were told to change at Sydenham.

The overground route between Dalston Junction and West Croydon was expected to be running under normal operation by 1:00pm, however, a normal service only resumed towards 3:00pm.

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