Olympics sees Tube records broken in London

By Rob Virtue on August 6, 2012 10:35 AM |

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London saw two days of record-breaking attendance figures on the transport network last week.

Olympic events, including the marathon, saw 4.4million people use the Tube and over 500,000 ride the DLR - 70 per cent more than normal - on Friday.

The figures were revealed on Monday by the Mayor's office, which said footfall in central London shopping areas had "risen steeply".

The Tube totals were about 700,00 more than the same days the previous year.

Friday's totals came after a previous record of Tube usage of 4.31m was set the previous day.

Meanwhile, the Mayor added attendances at BT London Live sites, which had come under criticism for low numbers, grew at the weekend.

The was credited to the appearance of cycling gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins on Saturday.

An estimated 110,000 people attended the Hyde Park and Victoria Park venues that day.