Thousands of passengers pour through Stratford as Night Tube begins

PUBLISHED: 07:50 22 August 2016 | UPDATED: 08:20 22 August 2016

Stratford station. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Images

Stratford station. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Images

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The long awaited weekend 24-hour Tube service began on Friday night as the Victoria and Central lines ran around the clock.

Mark Wild, London Underground’s managing director said the new service “got off to a superb start”.

He revealed that more than 50,000 people used the Night Tube on Friday night - and 4,250 of those were customers tapping out at Stratford on their way home to east London.

The busiest station was Oxford Circus, which saw 6,500 people tapping in.

The Night Tube is expected to support around 2,000 permanent jobs in London’s night-time economy, which will be boosted by around £77m a year. Over 500 of these jobs have been created directly through the operation of the service.

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