London Underground has confirmed that the planned 24-hour weekend service on some of its major lines will commence on Friday 19th August.
The all-night service will roll-out on the Central and Victoria lines, with the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern lines following in two separate phases in autumn as more drivers are trained.
The 24-hour weekend service was originally slated to start in September last year, but lengthy delays came after disputes between Transport for London (TfL), London Underground workers’ unions, Rail and Maritime Transport (RMT) and Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (Aslef).
Speaking about the night tube, the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said, “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. The constant delays under the previous Mayor let Londoners down badly.
“I have made getting the Night Tube up and running a priority, and London Underground has now confirmed that services on the first two lines will launch on 19th August.”
According to figures from TfL, late night tube usage is increasing at double the rate of daytime trips, and demand for travel on night buses has risen by over 170 per cent since 2000. They also estimate that the introduction of the night tube, which will see a minimum of six trains run per hour between 0030 and 0530 on central London lines, will reduce many journeys by more than an hour.
You can see a map of the night tube service below and get more details on the TfL website.
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