Criticism after cable car's second worst week ever
The number of passengers using the Thames cable car has been hailed "embarrassing" after the latest report showed they had nearly halved year on year.
For the week ending December 7 just 15,049 people used the service, down from 29,340 for the same period in 2012.
And the figures come as Transport for London prepares to increase fares for the Emirates Air Line.
They will go up by 10p each journey from January 2, adding up to a 3.2 per cent rise.
Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, repeated calls for the service to be free for those whose travelcards include Zone Two, in a bid to boost its use.
"Last week barely 2,000 people were using the cable car every day," she said. "The number of people using it has plummeted over the last year.
"We also know that it has a minuscule number of regular users each week. To just add to its problems the latest evidence shows that even occasional users are increasingly less inclined to use it again within six months.
"It is time the Mayor and TfL faced up to the fact that there is a very serious problem with the way it is currently run. These pitiful passenger numbers are embarrassing for a publicly funded transport project.
"Hiking up prices in the New Year will just lead to even fewer people using it in 2014."
But despite the recent numbers, which has seen 12 consecutive weeks of decreasing users year-on-year, TfL insists all is still on track.
In the group's board papers for this Wednesday, Peter Hendy declared passenger journeys for the past four weeks were "3.8 per cent above budget". That was for a target of 1.5million passengers a year.
TfL's head of the Emirates Air Line, Danny Price said: "The Emirates Air Line is one of London's success stories and since opening in June 2012 it has carried over 3.2 million passengers.
"This is the first time we have increased the fares, which will go up by 10p except for the multi-trip Oyster fare, which will remain unchanged at £1.60.
"The Air Line continues to cover its costs while encouraging people to visit Greenwich and the Royal Docks.
"Commuter use will increase further with the arrival of new homes in the area and the £1billion Asian Business Port development planned for London's Royal Albert Dock."