Are You One Of 254 People Doing The Tube's Most Pointless Journey Every Day?

Are You One Of 254 People Doing The Tube's Most Pointless Journey Every Day?

Covent Garden to Leicester Square is a tube journey 260 metres in length and takes just four minutes to walk at street level, but six minutes on the Piccadilly line. So why do 254 people a day make the journey on the tube?

This data is available thanks to the Mayor of London's new tool, which lets you see how many people do your commute a day. It's a nifty little time-suck, one that helps you quantify those faces you repeatedly see doing the same journey as you.

With regards to Covent Garden, it's intriguing to note that nearly 100 fewer people — 158 in total — do the journey in the opposite direction daily. Surely the people going in one direction to work must do its reverse on the way home? If anyone has any ideas as to why there's such a large discrepancy, please let us know in the comments below.

We presume that this particular journey is only done by out-of-the-loop tourists or people with accessibility issues — though neither station has disabled access, so this can't account for that many travellers.

At the moment the commuter-counting service only handles data from the Underground, but soon it will include Overground and DLR commutes too. For now though, we have something else puzzling us. When you plot a bizarre commute — we chose Loughton to Hatton Cross — you get this message:

Shouldn't that be 'fewer'?

Shouldn't that say 'fewer than'?

Last Updated 05 April 2018

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Michael Bundy

By the time they get to Leicester Square they realise how stupid they have been and therefore walk back to Covent Garden looking sheepish!

Melvyn Windebank

Odd thing is Covent Garden to Leicester Square is slightly downhill while the reverse is uphill !

Perhaps people simply don't go back to Covent Garden once they have been there !

Noah Bowie

Their office or place of work might be somewhere in between Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Leicester Square might be busier at peak times so some people might prefer to have a slightly longer walk in order to have a higher chance of getting a seat.

Personally I wouldn't know as I normally travel to the city from Camden Town.

Baxish Parmar

May be because, Leicester square is bit confusing compared to Covent garden. And following routes as well.

It is easy to forget direction at Leicester Squre whereas half of them might not aware of this little distance.

It looks like if station is made, it must be far.

Martin Marty マ (m)

Which direction has fewer journeys? I think sometimes Covent Garden entrance is closed and there are signs with walking directions up... but I haven’t been for ages.


Maybe when they are walking to the station, they are above ground and walking. When they are changing trains they are already down on another train and just can’t be bothered to go up and walk.


John Cutmore

Of course it should be "fewer than", but the distinction between "fewer than" and "less than" has been lost. For those of us taught grammar at school, it sounds odd to use "less than" in this context, but for younger people it must seem quite natural. In any case, it's one less syllable which surely must be a good thing in today's faster pace of life.

Jo Trew

Most of the time the hoardes of ambling shoppers and gawping out-of-towners clogging up Long Acre make travelling overland much more convoluted than it first appears. On the other hand the lifts at Covent Garden are excruciatingly slow. You’re damned either way.

Andrew Gwilt

I don't usually commute to London a lot. I just go to London whenever I do want to go to London.


Not all people will make the same journey on their way back home as after work they might go somewhere else before finally returning home. Consequently, the point where they start the journey on the way back home will be different.