24-hour Tube in London on track
LONDON: Bleary-eyed travellers struggling to make their way to Heathrow airport for a crack-ofdawn flight will have welcomed news that the capital is to get a 24hour Tube service.
Transport for London announced it will run a partial service overnight on Fridays and Saturdays for the first time from 2015.
Online travel agents have predicted the introduction of night Tubes will boost demand for weekend flights from Heathrow.
The company said Heathrow would become the preferred airport for passengers, as it is the only one on a Tube line – the Piccadilly line.
Loveholidays.com also said a 24hour Tube service would mean fewer people would book cabs to and from the airport, opting instead to use the underground.
The travel agent claimed people would put the money they save by not using a cab towards something extra for their holiday or spend a little more on their trip.
What they won’t be spending on, though, are “holiday extras” such as airport parking or an overnight hotel, which are also expected to suffer as demand drops.
The company said people would opt to return from their trip on a Friday or Sunday night to make use of the all-night Tube service, rather than fly mid-week. This would give them the weekend to recover from any jetlag or holiday over-indulgence and catch-up with family and friends before returning to work.
Loveholidays.com’s Al Francis said: “We believe a 24-hour Tube service will have a knock-on effect on people’s travel decisions, including where they prefer to fly from, the time of flight they are prepared to get, and what day of the week they want to fly out and return.
“People will be more willing to take flights at ‘ unsociable’ times because the 24-hour service will mean it will be easier to get across London to and from the airport.
“Whereas in the past they may have been inclined to book an airport hotel the night before an early flight, or on their return if they arrive back into the UK in the early hours, they will instead be able to jump on the Tube from Heathrow and make their way home.”
Weekend services will run through the night on core parts of the system from 2015.
London Mayor Boris Johnson, who announced the plans, said: “For 150 years the Tube has been the beating heart of London, its tunnels and tracks providing the arteries that have transported millions of people and helped to drive the development and economic growth of our great city.
“Now it is time to take the Tube to the next level and so, for the first time in London’s history, we will provide a regular 24-hour Night Tube service at weekends.
“This will not just boost jobs and our vibrant night-time economy, it will further cement London’s reputation as the best big city on the planet to in which to live, work, visit and invest.
All Tube offices are to be closed by 2015 and sales automated. Transport for London said it would be better for customers and save millions of pounds a year. – Daily Mail