Don’t rush the 24-hour tube plan

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - DAR­REN JOHN­SON AM Green Party Mem­ber Lon­don Assem­bly

LAST year the Mayor of Lon­don un­veiled plans for a 24 hour tube.

This could be a welcome de­vel­op­ment but the Mayor has failed so far to prop­erly think through a num­ber of is­sues, on staffing, on safety and on noise dis­rup­tion.

First, tube unions are rightly an­gry at the prospect of ex­ist­ing tube work­ers be­ing forced to work through the night when this was not in their orig­i­nal job de­scrip­tion.

Se­condly, there are gen­uine con­cerns around solo staffing of night tube sta­tions and TfL may need to look at re­cruit­ing ad­di­tional staff in or­der to op­er­ate the ser­vice safely.

Fi­nally, a num­ber Lon­don­ers are con­cerned by the noise im­pact of tube trains run­ning close to their homes 24/7. TfL need to en­gage with res­i­dents to re­solve such con­cerns.

I have long sup­ported the am­bi­tion of run­ning an all-night tube ser­vice but it needs to be done prop­erly and the chal­lenges it raises over­come.

Boris John­son’s de­ci­sion to de­lay the im­ple­men­ta­tion is per­haps a be­lated recog­ni­tion that this is some­thing that can­not sim­ply be rushed through and that proper di­a­logue with tube unions and res­i­dents needs to take place.

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