Londoners told to take the Tube on two days as more work from home

London Underground Tube Transport for London work from home - Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
London Underground Tube Transport for London work from home - Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The rise of work-from-home employees only heading to the office midweek has prompted Transport for London (TfL) to urge commuters to travel on Mondays and Fridays.

New analysis by the capital’s transport body found that the London Underground is significantly quieter on Mondays and Fridays than other weekdays.

Since Covid restrictions were scrapped, employers have seen a growing trend towards a “TWaTs” pattern of hybrid working – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the office, and the rest of the week at home.

Data from October to Dec 2022 show that Mondays are the quietest weekday, with all-day data revealing about 13 per cent fewer customers across the Tube and TfL rail network compared to Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Key commuter lines hit hard

The Monday morning peak had an average of 15 per cent fewer customers across the network compared to these days.

The greatest difference between Mondays and other weekdays was felt on the Northern line and the London Overground between Highbury & Islington and West Croydon, Crystal Palace and New Cross, routes serving key commuter spots.

There were 17 per cent fewer customers on these lines during the morning peak compared to similar times later in the week, TfL data show.

There were 28 per cent fewer customers during the Friday morning peak compared to the same period on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays across the whole Tube and TfL rail network.

‘People forming new habits’

Alex Williams, TfL’s chief customer and strategy officer, said: “With many commuters now having the flexibility to choose when they go into the office, and people forming new habits to kick off 2023, this latest data shows the benefits of travelling on Mondays or Fridays or retiming your journeys.

“There is plenty of capacity for everyone on the public transport network but Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are consistently the busiest weekdays, so customers are likely to have more comfortable journeys by switching to or adding a journey on a Monday or Friday.”

If commuting on a Monday or Friday is not possible, customers could still benefit from travelling 30 minutes earlier or later during the morning peak, TfL said.