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'Night Tube will boost business in Stratford'

PUBLISHED: 18:30 09 August 2016

New bus services will coincide with the launch of the Night Tube this weekend.

New bus services will coincide with the launch of the Night Tube this weekend.

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The long-awaited arrival of the Night Tube will boost business and increase safety, the chairman of the borough's chamber of commerce has said.

Nearly a year after the service was scheduled to start, the all-night weekend Tube will finally begin on the Central and Victoria lines on August 19 and expand to the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Northern lines this autumn.

Lloyd Johnson, chairman of Newham Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the move.

“London is a huge metropolitan city, one that never sleeps,” he said.

“It’s almost logical that this can only help and support the night-time economy and potentially make the area grow.”

While concerns have been noted over potential anti-social behaviour, Mr Johnson believes that the service will, in fact, make residents safer.

“People will no longer have to get a night bus or wait four hours in train stations, they’ll feel confident about getting home,” he said.

He added that businesses should take care to get the appropriate licence if they want to make the most of the new service.

“People should make sure they plan for any further hours they might want to trade,” he said.

“If you are a smaller business you can take that opportunity and could increase your revenue by 20 per cent – that’s a huge amount of money that could increase your employability too.”

Westfield’s head of development, John Burton, agreed.

“It will provide a boost not only for local residents, but also for shoppers and tourists,” he said.

He added: “The improved night- time economy will allow visitors to the centre to take advantage of the wide range of leisure opportunities that Westfield Stratford City has to offer, from dining to cinemas, as well as our hotels.”

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