His­toric night on un­der­ground

Mayor attends ‘fan­tas­tic new ser­vice’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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