Don’t rush the 24-hour tube plan
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.