The long awaited night tube service has got its launch date – almost a year after it was first scheduled to begin
London’s night tube was set to start last September but a dispute with unions and subsequent strikes over pay and conditions has meant that it has been put on hold for the past year. Maintenance workers from the RMT union are currently in talks with Transport for London, stating that the deal for maintenance staff was ‘inferior’.
However almost a year after the proposed launch date, London Mayor Sidiq Khan has announced that the Central and Victoria lines will run overnight from 19 August, with the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern lines set to follow in the autumn. The new service will run through the night on Fridays and Saturdays.
"More than half a million people use the Tube after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays,” said London's transport commissioner, Mike Brown. “The introduction of the Night Tube, which will support London's businesses and jobs, is a historic step in our modernisation of the Underground and our work to support London's economic growth."
Sidiq Khan believes that the 24-hour service will provide a substantial positive impact to London’s economy boosting it by an estimated £360m, as well as supporting almost 2,000 permanent jobs. The night-tube is also a part of his long-term plans to improve travel for Londoners.
"The Night Tube is absolutely vital to my plans to support and grow London's night-time economy - creating more jobs and opportunities for all Londoners,” said Sidiq Khan. "The constant delays under the previous mayor let Londoners down badly. I have made getting the Night Tube up and running a priority."
Jubilee and Victoria lines - trains running on average every 10 minutes across the entire lines
Central line - trains running approximately every 10 minutes between White City and Leytonstone and approximately every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway to White City and Leytonstone to Loughton/ Hainault. No service between North Acton and West Ruislip, Loughton and Epping and Woodford and Hainault
Northern line - trains running on average every 8 minutes between Morden and Camden Town and approximately every 15 minutes from Camden Town to High Barnet / Edgware. No service on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches
Piccadilly line - trains running on average every 10 minutes between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5. No service on the Terminal 4 loop, or between Acton Town and Uxbridge
There are also plans to expand the night-time service to parts of the Metropolitan, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City lines once modernisation programmes are complete. Additionally, services could operate on parts of the London Overground in 2017 and the Docklands Light Railway by 2021.