London Underground passenger numbers break record

Tube passengers The Tube exceeded 1.1 billion passenger journeys for the first time in its 148-year history

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London Underground (LU) carried a record 1.1 billion passengers in the past year, figures have shown.

In the year ending 31 March, the Tube saw about 42 million more passenger journeys than the previous year.

The network also broke its record for the number of passengers carried over a four-week period - topping 90.6 million in the lead-up to Christmas.

LU said it had seen a rise in passenger numbers of 14% in seven years and 40% in 15 years.

Mike Brown, managing director of LU and London Rail, said: "LU's network has exceeded 1.1 billion for the first time in its 148-year history, as it plays a vital role in supporting London's recovery from the recession.

"The combination of this huge increase in passengers and a reliance on some of the oldest railway infrastructure in the world does of course present a number of challenges for the Tube, which is why our work to upgrade it is so critical for London. "

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