Trav­els with the Night Czar

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

LON­DON’S newly ap­pointed Night Czar Amy Lame met rail pas­sen­gers on the Pic­cadilly Line to Heathrow as it launched its late run on Fri­day.

The debut move from the for­mer pre­sen­ter and club night run­ner will see her talk to rail users on board the tube line un­til 1am on the line’s first Night Tube jour­ney.

She aims to speak to Lon­don­ers trav­el­ling in ev­ery bor­ough and said it will be a great way to talk with peo­ple “who use the night time econ­omy, peo­ple who have con­cerns, peo­ple who are com­ing back from night shifts and peo­ple go­ing out”.

Writer, broad­caster, DJ, per­former and cam­paigner, Amy will have the role of giv­ing a boost to Lon­don’s flour­ish­ing cultural scene, which at­tracts mil­lions of in­ter­na­tional visi­tors each year.

She will cham­pion Lon­don’s nightlife both in the UK and in­ter­na­tion­ally and will do vi­tal work with the night time in­dus­tries, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, the Metropoli­tan Po­lice, Transport for Lon­don and the pub­lic to “en­sure Lon­don thrives as a 24hour city”.

She said: “It’s a priv­i­lege to be Lon­don’s very first Night Czar.

“I can’t wait to hit the streets and have loads of ideas of what I can do for rev­ellers, night-time work­ers, busi­nesses and stake­hold­ers.

“For too long, the cap­i­tal’s night-time in­dus­try has been un­der pres­sure – mu­sic venues and night­clubs in par­tic­u­lar are clos­ing at an alarm­ing rate.

“With the ad­vent of the Night Tube, and the Mayor’s com­mit­ment to pro­tect iconic venues across the city, I’m con­fi­dent that I can in­spire a pos­i­tive change in the way peo­ple think about the night time econ­omy.

“I look for­ward to bring­ing to­gether lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, the po­lice, Transport for Lon­don and many other peo­ple from across the night time in­dus­tries to trans­form Lon­don into a truly 24hour city.”

The launch of the Pic­cadilly night line has been marred in com­plaints and back­lash from com­muters un­happy with the de­lays to the ser­vice. Re­pairs to wheels have meant up to 20 minute de­lays and TfL has not been able to guar­an­tee the timeta­bles for the night­time ser­vice.

A Lon­don Un­der­ground source said: “At the mo­ment, the Night Tube will be go­ing ahead. We’re not en­tirely sure yet as to how the timetable will work, we have im­prove­ments on the line each day.

“We can’t say for sure but as it stands, it’s still launch­ing as ex­pected.”

The RMT Union has claimed the de­lays will last un­til February , some­thing which TfL has de­nied.

MIXED BLESS­ING?: It is hoped that the Night Tube will boost Lon­don’s night-time ecomony – though some pas­sen­gers have ex­pressed con­cern

NIGHT CZAR: Amy Lame met with rail pas­sen­gers on the new late-night Pic­cadilly line

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