Greater London suburbs ‘leading the way’ with return to the office

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Greater London suburbs ‘leading the way’ with return to the office

Workers living in London’s suburbs have been leading the way with going back to the office, new figures reveal.

Tube stations where commuters usually travel in from the outside of the capital have had the biggest week-on-week rises, according to Transport for London (TfL).

Footfall on the Underground was also up 10 per cent in the week with 1.17million entry and exits recorded on the Tube in the week after working from home guidance was axed.

Zone 5 station Buckhurst Hill in Essex, which is on the Central line, saw a 20 per cent weekly increase of passengers using their services - figures TfL revealed to MailOnline.

More passengers were also getting onboard trains from Zone 5 station Ruislip Gardens on the Central line and Zone 8 station Chalfont & Latimer on the Metropolitan line.

They were up by 17 per cent week-on-week.

Travellers were making their journeys into London from Zone 3 station West Acton on the Central line.

The Zone 3 station recorded a rise of 15 per cent in the week.

Meanwhile, Zone 6 station Theydon Bois, in Essex, on the Central line was next with a 14 per cent surge in passenger numbers.

These stations have been popular with commuters travelling into Central London for work.

Living within the Oyster zone makes fares cheaper for commuters.

By comparison, the Rail Delivery Group said peak time trains demand for all UK train operators has only increased by 5 per cent after Plan B was lifted.

London commuters appeared to be divided over the issue of masks.

While face coverings are no longer required, TfL and supermarkets have continued to ask people to wear masks.

By Thursday, the UK recorded another 96,871 Covid cases and 338 deaths as infections soar among young children.

New variant BA.2 is under investigation from the UK Health Security Agency with 426 cases reported in its latest update on January 21 - 146 of those were in London.