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Tube overcrowding delays: which lines are the worst offenders?

London Underground. Photo: Press Association

Delays on the London Underground because of overcrowding have reached a five-year high, according to new figures obtained through Freedom of Information requests.

The figures showed there were 237 delays in 2014/15 because of overcrowding, compared with 153 in 2010.

The numbers are based on two separate FOI requests - one from the Greater London Assembly transport team of the Liberal Democrats and an earlier one from LondonLovesBusiness.

153
Tube delays due to overcrowding in 2010/ Mayor of London
233
Tube delays due to overcrowding in 2011/Mayor of London
145
Tube delays due to overcrowding in 2012/Mayor of London
175
Tube delays due to overcrowding in 2013/Mayor of London
237
Tube delays due to overcrowding in 2014/Mayor of London

The year is calculated from March to April.

Commuters on the Jubilee line this morning. Credit: PA.

The worst offender over the last year was the Victoria Line - delayed 60 times due to overcrowding - but the Jubilee and the Northern Line were close behind.

Victoria Line

60
Delays due to overcrowding last year/Mayor of London

Jubilee Line

48
Delays due to overcrowding last year/Mayor of London

Northern Line

32
Delays due to overcrowding last year/Mayor of London

Central Line

29
Delays due to overcrowding last year/Mayor of London

Bakerloo Line

23
Delays due to overcrowding last year/Mayor of London

District Line

20
Delays due to overcrowding last year/Mayor of London

Circle and Hammersmith Line

13
Delays due to overcrowding last year/Mayor of London

Piccadilly Line

8
Delays due to overcrowding last year/Mayor of London

Metropolitan Line

3
Delays due to overcrowding last year/Mayor of London

Waterloo and City

1
Delays due to overcrowding last year/Mayor of London
The number of delays due to overcrowding are Credit: Press Association.

The delays have reached a "very worrying" level on the Central, Victoria, Northern and Jubilee lines, according to the Liberal Democrats, who obtained the figures from the Mayor of London's office.

The Mayor and Transport for London are constantly boasting about the record performance of the London Underground. However, there is an increasing problem of serious overcrowding for passengers on much of the Tube, and this is only going to get worse.

These figures were dragged out of the Mayor and reveal that we cannot afford a day of complacency in tackling Tube delays and ensuring the Tube upgrades are funded.

Improvements to the Tube are barely keeping up with the rising demand for travel created by London's booming population and record numbers of tourists.

– Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat