Olympics Draw Record Number of Passengers to London Transport

London’s Underground railway carried a record number of passengers on Aug. 2, as Olympic spectators joined commuters and tourists to test the city’s subway system.

A record 4.31 million passengers traveled on the Underground that day, according to a statement from Transport for London. The previous busiest day for the Tube network was Dec. 9, 2011, when it carried 4.17 million passengers.

As many as 1 million extra visitors have been expected each day during the games. Travelers have been “avoiding peak hours and traveling at less busy times,” according to the statement from TfL. While the Central Line, one of two subway lines to the Olympic Park, was suspended yesterday morning following signal failures, TfL expects that passenger numbers for yesterday will have been “even higher,” according to spokesman Stephen Taylor.

In addition to the Underground, the Docklands Light Railway system also carried a record number of passengers on July 30, with almost 500,000 passengers, a 65 percent increase from normal levels, according to TfL. The Barclays Cycle Hire system also saw record traffic in the week commencing July 23, with more than 300,000 rentals, TfL said in the statement.

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