London’s Night Tube to start its services from today

Published on : Friday, August 19, 2016

night tubeLondon’s much awaited Night Tube is finally set to begin its services from Friday night, almost three years after it was announced.

 

Trains will run on the Victoria and Central lines on Fridays and Saturdays.

 

The Night Tube is seen as a boost for revellers, tourists and shift workers, who on Friday and Saturday nights will be able to travel on the network at any chosen hour.

 

Transport for London said there was a “huge demand” as passenger numbers on weekends had soared by 70% since 2000.

 

Night Tube services are expected to add £6.4bn to the London economy by 2030, creating 500,000 jobs, TfL said.

 

Trains will run every 10 minutes on the full Victoria line and on the Central line between White City and Leytonstone. They will run approximately every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway and White City and between Leytonstone and Loughton/Hainault.

 

The night-time service was scheduled to start in September last year but was delayed by a dispute with trade unions over staff conditions and pay.

 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who was elected in May, said he had seen widespread enthusiasm for the scheme and was surprised it had taken so long.

 

The mayor has recorded welcome messages to be played out at Oxford Circus station in the heart of the capital.

 

Tube operating firm TfL claims the Night Tube will create jobs and boost the night-time economy of bars, clubs, restaurants, and music events.

 

The British Transport Police are providing 100 more officers to patrol the 144 stations that will be open all night when the service begins. Superintendent Chris Horton, the officer responsible for policing the Underground, insisted there was “no reason” why passengers would not be as safe as they were during the day.

 

London Underground estimates that 200,000 people will use the Night Tube each weekend once it has been opened on all five lines.

 

 

 

 

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