The Great Divide

It’s the question on everyone’s lips, and YouGov, taking a break from asking of our political opinions has come up with an answer. Not that it matters these days with everybody refusing to commute to London for work.

Only 13 per cent have returned to the office, while at its peak with 6,000 deaths from coronavirus in April, it was fewer deaths than those who died during the worst 4-weeks of the London Blitz.

But I digress, as a consequence, YouGov’s findings recorded at the end of last year are little out of date, but seem to reinforce the myth that London’s cabbies are supposedly famous: It is going ‘South of the River’.

According to YouGov’s research, admittedly polling only 1,133 people, so it is hardly a representative sample of the over 10 million who work and live in London, and of that tiny number of participants, I doubt if any cabbies were questioned.

Their findings came to the startling conclusion that South Londoners are twice as likely to travel North of The River than those living in the North would be bothered to visit the hinterlands of South London.

Almost three in ten (28 per cent) of South Londoners say they travel to North London at least once a week, compared to a sixth (14 per cent) of North Londoners who travel South once a week, proving that it’s just not restricted to the London cab trade. In fact, the same percentage of South Londoners (14 per cent) say they travel to North London every single day, while only 4 per cent of Londoners living North of the River Thames travel South daily.

YouGov’s survey seems to bear out what everyone already suspected. The reason to take the plunge and cross The River was to visit attractions or attend an event, and considering The City and Canary Wharf are both destinations on the North bank, 32 per cent of South Londoners cross The River on their commute, while only 12 per cent of North Londoners have felt the need to work South of The River.

We can only hope that as we come out of this current lock-down, politicians will generate enough controversy to promote the need for polls instead of wasting time publishing this survey, but there again, I just have.

Should you have the overwhelming desire to read all the data it can be found here.

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