Union accuses London Underground of false figures amid cut concerns
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Fears over cuts to night buses mirroring Night Tube routes have seen calls for the service’s protection.
“At night more than ever it is important that people are able to get as close to home as possible,” London Assembly Member John Biggs says. “I am calling on TfL [Transport for London] to commit to protecting night bus services.”
“No night bus services will be cut to pay for the Night Tube,” says Gareth Powell, London Underground’s director of strategy and service development. “The limited changes that there are likely to be will be set out in a public consultation.”
Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) says minutes from a London Underground company council meeting in November revealed the Night Tube will not break even until 2033.
London Underground published the minutes clarifying that the break-even point would be 2018.
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“At the meeting, they never said anything about the year 2018,” says TSSA media officer Tom Condon. “They have doctored the minutes.”
A London Underground spokesman was unavailable to comment at the time of publishing and the Recorder is awaiting a response.
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But a TfL statement claims every £1 spent will bring £2.70 in benefits such as time and fare savings.