London #TubeStrike: The Stats

With the tubes out of action, thousands of you made the most of our #KeepLondonMoving promotion last week – grabbing friends, family, colleagues – and even the odd passerby – to share an Uber and beat crowds.

  • There were 30x more Fare Split rides than usual – that’s tens of thousands of £s saved by sharing the bill
  • The most avid rider took 15 Uber trips over the strike between Monday 9pm and Wednesday 4pm (and no, it wasn’t one of us!)
  • The keenest fare splitter took 8 Fare Split trips in the same time period
  • Throughout the strikes, the average Uber arrival time was 7 minutes across the whole network!

With this data in hand, we’ve also put together a handy guide to help you avoid the street-level crowds in the event of a future strike. Check out the map below for an hour-by-hour visualisation of Uber activity -and some areas to avoid next time round!


  • For you early risers, Knightsbridge, Kensington and Belgravia had the highest morning arrival times from 6am until 9am due to high demand. Why not take a walk to Hyde Park before requesting your Uber to reduce the wait?
  • Brunchtime = best time. From 11am onwards our average arrival time to user’s locations was dramatically shortened across the city. If you can join the office later, this is the best time to leave
  • Embankment and Charing Cross had the highest arrival times at lunchtime. Best to head West along the Strand to pick up your Uber if you can
  • Post-lunch and onwards, Soho became gridlocked. Our top tip for another strike is to avoid ordering your Uber from Regent Street, Carnaby Street and Soho if you can. Seriously.
  • On the homebound commute: At around 5pm, the areas with the highest Uber arrival times were Soho, Mayfair, Old Street and the City, whilst Victoria, Westminster and Alwych had the shortest
  • Insider secret: Though Soho and Mayfair had the highest arrival times during evening rush hour and late at night, Uber traffic in these areas actually decreased in short bursts between 6-7pm and 9-10pm
  • Finally, if you’re heading out after work: Battersea was an unexpected Uber hotspot. Why not have a drink in leafy Clapham instead? The City, Knightsbridge and Kensington also remained busy with higher arrival times throughout the evening, though traffic throughout the rest of London improved.

Questions? Comments? We’d love to hear from you – email or tweet us @Uber_LDN!

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