Trains will operate through the night on Fridays and Saturdays on the Victoria line and parts of the Central line, with the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines following in the autumn. Sadiq Khan expressed surprise at the delay in the scheme, a project that was first promised by his predecessor Boris Johnson almost two years ago.
More than 100,000 Londoners are expected to travel by the Night Tube on its opening weekend and plans are being drawn up for more 24-hour services. Mayor Sadiq Khan hailed an “exciting new chapter” for the capital as trains start running tonight on the Victoria line and most of the Central line. The third Night Tube line — either the Jubilee, Northern or Piccadilly — is due to be announced within weeks, with the two others following by the end of the year.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) August 19, 2016
The Circle line is likely to be the sixth line, meaning the Night Tube service would be connected to all mainline train stations. There are long-term hopes of running 24-hour services on the District and Metropolitan lines and on Crossrail between Paddington and Abbey Wood after it opens in 2018. The service will run on Friday and Saturday nights, but the use of “one off” midweek spectaculars, such as all-night Christmas shopping in Oxford Street and Regent Street, is being considered.
Further expansion is considered “inevitable”, raising the prospect of London getting a 24/7 service like New York. Mr Khan said: “It will support thousands of workers who have to travel to or from work at night, it will provide huge economic benefits to our vital night-time economy and it will help Londoners get home quickly and safely after a night out.” Businesses welcomed the service, which is expected to support 2,000 jobs and boost the economy by up to £360 million a year by 2030.
Mr Khan confirmed plans for a “night czar” to boost the entertainment scene following a 15 per cent fall in the number of clubs in the capital to 134 since 2012, and a 10 per cent drop in the number of pubs to 3,620. Transport for London predicted 200,000 passengers will use the Night Tube each weekend once the first five lines are running. A substantial number are expected to be shift workers rather than revellers.
Eight night bus routes and eight taxi ranks will also be launched tonight to help passengers make the final connection home, and 100 British Transport police will patrol the network to prevent crime and disorder.
Passenger advice: if travelling on the #NightTube, please bring your own pillows and duvets. We reserve the right to feast upon your dreams.
— TLF Travel Alerts (@TlfTravelAlerts) August 19, 2016
It is not the only good news for Sadiq today, that he was able to succeed in doing something that the Buffoon of London, Boris Johnson was singularly unable to do in eight years as London’s do nothing Mayor. Labour won convincingly in his old “manor” of Tooting in a by-election. The result is a great compliment to Sadiq Khan’s legacy, a Labour politician who connected with the voters, got elected and is delivering. It shows the truth of his election slogan #YesweKhan!