London Overground Passengers

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Your latest TfL business plan shows you forecast there will be 248 million passenger journeys on the London Overground in 2021/22 compared with a forecast of 268 million on your previous business plan. What factors have led to such this fall in passenger numbers?


Answer for London Overground Passengers

Answer for London Overground Passengers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The reduction in forecast passenger demand on London Overground is due to lower than expected economic growth over the last year and more pessimistic economic forecasts for future years. This has impacted demand for rail travel across London and the South East. 

However, the latest passenger figures show the benefit of my affordable fares policy in encouraging more people to use public transport. London Overground, on which I froze fares, was the only one of the four main train operators within London and the South East to see passenger numbers rise. Passengers on Govia Thameslink Railway, South West Trains and Southeastern all fell by more than five per cent in April to June 2017-18, compared to the previous year, as their fares rose.