The official Night Tube start date has finally been announced
PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:26 24 May 2016
Transport for London (TfL) and City Hall have today announced an official start date for the Night Tube after months of speculation.
Just weeks after entering City Hall, Sadiq Khan is able to give a start date for the long-awaited service.
“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 19 August,” he said this morning.
Tubes will begin running all night on the Central and Victoria lines, with the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern line all-night trains to launch in the autumn.
TfL chief Mike Brown added: “It is good news for London that the first ever all-night Tube service will be ready on 19 August.
“More than half a million people use the Tube after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 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.”
Plans for a Night Tube were originally announced back in September 2014 by former Mayor Boris Johnson, with a provisional start date set for September 2015. These plans did not come to fruition, however, as TfL’s largest unions had not agreed to Mr Johnson’s vision. There followed months of negotiations and false starts.
City Hall says around 2,000 permanent jobs for Londoners will now be created and night-time journeys in London “will bereduced by an average of 20 minutes and some by more than an hour”.
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