Night tube to be­gin on Au­gust 19

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE long-awaited Night Tube will launch on Au­gust 19, Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan has re­vealed.

The Cen­tral and Vic­to­ria lines will be the first to go live, with the with Pic­cadilly, Ju­bilee and North­ern to fol­low in the au­tumn.

Plans for the Night Tube, which will pro­vide a 24-hour week­end ser­vice, had been plagued with prob­lems with rows be­tween Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL) and unions over pay and work­ing con­di­tions.

An­nounc­ing the launch of the ser­vice, the new Labour mayor crit­i­cised his pre­de­ces­sor’s han­dling of the sit­u­a­tion.

Mr Khan said: “The Night Tube is ab­so­lutely vi­tal to my plans to sup­port and grow Lon­don’s night time econ­omy – cre­at­ing more jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties for all Lon­don­ers. The con­stant de­lays let Lon­don­ers down badly.

“I have made get­ting the Night Tube up and running a pri­or­ity, and Lon­don Un­der­ground has now con­firmed that ser­vices on the first two lines will launch on Au­gust 19.”

The Night Tube had ini­tially been due to launch in Septem­ber 2015, and even ear­lier this year Boris John­son pledged to have it running by the end of July.

The Mayor’s of­fice says the Night Tube will play a vi­tal role in open­ing up Lon­don’s night-time econ­omy to a host of new op­por­tu­ni­ties, sup­port­ing around 2,000 per­ma­nent jobs and boost­ing Lon­don’s econ­omy by £360 mil­lion.

To meet the ex­pected de­mand for ser­vices, there will be six trains per hour through cen­tral Lon­don on all Night Tube lines be­tween 12.30am and 5.30am. This will rise to eight trains per hour on the North­ern line to meet de­mand at busy sta­tions be­tween Le­ices­ter Square and Cam­den Town.

Lon­don’s Trans­port Com­mis­sioner, Mike Brown, said: “It is good news for Lon­don that the first ever all-night Tube ser­vice will be ready on 19 Au­gust.

“More than half a mil­lion peo­ple use the Tube af­ter 10pm on Fri­days and Satur­days, and the in­tro­duc­tion of the Night Tube, which will sup­port Lon­don’s busi­nesses and jobs, is a his­toric step in our mod­erni­sa­tion of the Un­der­ground and our work to sup­port Lon­don’s eco­nomic growth.”

Around 200 part-time driv­ers are tak­ing part in a 14-week train­ing

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