Night Tube Services Are Finally Here

ntbannerAfter a delay of almost a year the night time service on London Underground known as ‘Night Tube’ will finally begin operation. As of tonight trains on the Victoria Line and between Loughton/ Hainault & Ealing Broadway on the Central Line will operate all through the night every Friday and Saturday night, the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines will begin their Friday and Saturday night time services later in the year.

The Night Tube was initially meant to begin in September last year however multiple union strikes due to the night tube terms and conditions being offered by London Underground caused the launch to be postponed until October that year however further union strikes forced the then Mayor of London Boris Johnson to postpone the Night Tube until further notice whilst the issues were resolved and it began to look like it may never happen even though the Mayor remained adamant that it would.

Earlier this year following the London Mayor election one of the first things the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan did was announce the 19th August 2016 as the start date for Night Tube following previously successful negotiations with the unions and we are pleased to say that this time it is for real.

Night Tube Services from 19th August 2016

Night Tube Services from 19th August 2016

Full Night Tube Service from Autumn 2016

Full Night Tube Service from Autumn 2016

Night Tube will launch in stages, starting with the Central and Victoria Lines. The entire Victoria Line will operate on average every 10 minutes throughout Friday and Saturday nights. The Central Line will only operate between Loughton/ Hainault and Ealing Broadway overnight on Friday and Saturday nights with trains running every 20 minutes between Leytonstone and Loughton/ Hainault & between White City and Ealing Broadway with services operating every 10 minutes between Leytonstone and White City, there will be no night service on the rest of the Central Line.

The Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines will launch their night services in the Autumn. The Jubilee Line will operate every 10 minutes overnight on Friday and Saturday nights across the entire line. The Northern Line will operate trains on average every 8 minutes between Morden and Camden Town via Charing Cross & approximately every 15 minutes between Camden Town and Edgware/ High Barnet, no trains will operate on the Bank Branch or between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East. The Piccadilly Line will operate on average every 10 minutes between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5, no trains will operate on the Heathrow Terminal 4 loop and between Acton Town & Uxbridge.

Fares will be charged at the Off-Peak rate and as is already the case with night buses any season tickets due to expire will do so at 04:29 the following morning.

In addition to the Night Tube services the following bus routes will also operate throughout the night on Friday and Saturday nights only in addition to London’s current night bus routes to help people travel to stations in order to get a Night Tube service: 34, 123, 145, 158, 296, E1, W3 and W7. These routes will operate approximately every 30 minutes throughout Friday and Saturday nights with the exception of route W7 which will operate approximately every 20 minutes throughout Friday and Saturday nights.

As this is a brand new service you can expect some changes to happen over the coming months with the possibility of changes to service frequencies or perhaps more services being added or more sections of lines being added in the near future. TfL are also planning to add Night Tube services on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan line once the modernisation programmes are complete on these lines. TfL have said that night services will also operate on London Overground between Highbury & Islington and New Cross Gate from 2017 and they are planning to introduce night services on the DLR by 2021.

Get involved in the discussion here: http://www.theltforum.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?tid=1508 

Kyle Stuart-Woodard

The London Transport Forum Owner & Founder.

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