Ticket to ride



Each morning, about 90,000 passengers pass through Victoria Tube Station, one of the busiest yet smallest train stations in London, England. Infrastructure projects spanning more than 10 years and £700 million have helped enlarge ticket halls and redirect passenger tunnels. But transit sector experts warn more projects are sorely needed—and fast. British rail operator Network Rail estimates that by 2031 the capacity shortfall at one station alone is likely to be the equivalent of leaving 20 trainloads of people stranded per hour.

Many people “just won’t be able to get into or onto many of our transport networks at peak times” unless new infrastructure projects are green-lit soon, the city’s transport commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy, told The Guardian. “When Crossrail opens, within months it will be full; the population will go on towards 10 million and you’ll soon need Crossrail 2. You won’t be able to do without it. In central London, the overcrowding will grow to be overwhelming.”

The Crossrail project—one potential salve to the surging crowds—is a £14.8 billion, 73-mile (117-kilometer) railway line currently under construction to create a new east-west route across the metropolitan area.

M. Wright




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