Historic night on underground
Mayor attends ‘fantastic new service’
A MOMENTOUS occasion in London’s history passed on Friday night as the city saw its first night tubes operate in an attempt to boost the city’s ‘24-hour economy’.
Around 50,000 customers used the tubes overnight, including the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who was one of the first to use the new services.
Trains operated throughout the night on the Victoria line and part of the Central line, with the Jubilee, Northern and Picadilly lines set to join them in the autumn.
Mr Khan said: “It’s wonderful that so many thousands of Londoners were able to benefit from a faster and simpler journey home overnight.
“The Night Tube is going to provide a huge boost to our capital and very clearly demonstrates that London is open.”
Mr Khan previously had a dig at his predecessor Boris Johnson, who had previously pushed for 24hour tube services.
According to Transport for London, demand for underground services on Friday and Saturday nights has risen by 70 per cent since 2000, while night bus demand has jumped 170 per cent.
Mr Khan added: “It was a real pleasure for me to see first-hand how workers and those who had been out enjoying everything our city has to offer could take advantage of this fantastic new service.”
HISTORIC JOURNEY: London mayor Sadiq Khan using the first night tube