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Not so many aboard! London bus use declined in 2012

Another transport titbit from 2012. This article showing that the number of passengers using London's buses declined during 2012 for the first time in over a decade slipped past Games Monitor's dedicated team!

TfL's surface transport managing director Leon Daniels explained to BBC News that the decline was not due to fare rises: "Last year it was the Olympic Games, so during the course of 2012 on all sorts of days across the summer, we had lots of our streets closed and here at TfL we were asking people to travel to work different ways."

That TfL was encourgaging people to avoid using public transport was certainly borne out by the pleas of businesses faced with the collapse in trade during the first week of the Games.

According to TfL 2.3 billion bus journeys were made in London in 2012 representing a drop of 0.4%, the first time there had been a decline since 1998.

Ting! Ting!

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