The night train gives buy­ers more choice

Next month the first Over­ground night trains be­gin — an es­sen­tial ser­vice for the city’s army of night work­ers and just in time for the party sea­son. By Anna White

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THE past 20 years have seen the epi­cen­tre of Lon­don nightlife shift from the West End to the more edgy East End hotspots of Hox­ton and Shored­itch. And while Soho has be­come a place to eat be­fore the the­atre, for a more cut­ting-edge restau­rant scene you must travel fur­ther east to Waltham­stow or south east to Dept­ford.

The cap­i­tal’s night Tube, which was rolled out across the Cen­tral, Ju­bilee, Pic­cadilly and Vic­to­ria lines last year, was in­tended to sup­port a grow­ing night-time econ­omy but un­til now it has largely skirted around the core cul­tural hubs of the east.

Next month Trans­port for Lon­don will launch the cap­i­tal’s first night ser­vice on the Over­ground — the “Ginger line”. It will run 24 hours on Fri­days and Satur­days from Dal­ston Junc­tion in east Lon­don to New Cross Gate in the south-east of the cap­i­tal, ex­tend­ing to High­bury & Is­ling­ton next year. The ser­vice will take in Wap­ping, Shad­well, Whitechapel and Shored­itch High Street, a short walk from Sil­i­con Round­about, cap­i­tal of the UK’s tech and de­sign start-up sec­tor.

An all-night ser­vice in this part of the city is long over­due, says an­a­lyst Nick Whit­ten of prop­erty group JLL. Chris Man­der­son of Fox­tons agrees it’s badly needed: “The day starts later and fin­ishes later — or rather ear­lier the next morn­ing — on this side of town.”

Early hours trains through the most vi­brant part of the East End will of course be help­ful to party an­i­mals. But more im­por­tantly, they will open up a patch­work of more af­ford­able dis­tricts to young Lon­don­ers on mod­est wages who are more likely to be work­ing late over the week­end. For thou­sands of

Soon to open all hours: week­end night trains are com­ing to the Over­ground

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