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London Underground

May 13, 2002

Question written on 13/05/2002

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the (a) total passenger capacity and (b) the theoretical maximum capacity of London Underground was at peak periods in 199697 and 200102; and what changes

Answered by David Jamieson

This is an operational matter for London Underground (LU).(a) LU advise me that they do not measure, as part of their regular monitoring, the number of passengers which they are able to carry on the tube network as a whole. Instead, they have information which shows that in 199697 and 200102, during peak hours, the busiest short sections of the underground’s lines carried totals of 133,450 and 142,401 passengers per hour respectively.(b) LU have figures for the design capacity of their rolling stock. This is the number of customers the rolling stock can physically carry and is defined by the manufacturer without taking into account the quality of the journey. An assessment can be made of the design capacity of trains scheduled per hour, at peak times on the same busiest short sections of each line. This gives figures of 308,278 for 199697 and 315,514 for 200102.(i) to (viii) LU inform me that this information does not form part of their regular monitoring and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.