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
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