Found: The tube lines with the richest passengers

Commuters on the Piccadilly and Northern Line are the richest in London, according to specialist recruiter Randstad. A survey of 1,000 working Londoners who spend the majority of their commute on the Tube has found that the average salary of someone commuting on the Piccadilly Line is £56,250, while the Northern Line trails close behind at £47,250.

Underground wealth - credit Randstad

Graph: Randstad

Mark Bull, CEO of Randstad said: “With Bank a key stop on the Northern Line, you might think this would be the wealthiest tube line. While twenty years ago the Square Mile was home to pretty much every financial institution in London, the wealth has now spread east to Canary Wharf and west to the West End.

“The Piccadilly line, though, runs right through Green Park and Piccadilly Circus – which has become prime private equity territory over the last thirty years. As the gentlemen’s clubs of St James have moved out, the venture capitalists have moved in.

Despite connecting Moorgate and Liverpool Street with the rest of London, the average salary of commuters on the Hammersmith & City Line is just £35,250. Commuters on the District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines are paid, on average, 20 per cent less than those on the deep-level lines.

While very few of London’s tube commuters spend the majority of their commute on the Waterloo & City line, those that do are technically speaking the wealthiest of all: average salaries on the Waterloo & City line are £81,250.


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