London’s long-awaited Night Tube has moved a step closer after staff approved a deal on pay and working conditions – but what will it be like for passengers?
Transport for London (TfL), said there are 70 per cent more passengers jumping on the Tube on Friday and Saturday nights than in 2000, seeing over half a million board after 10pm.
The extended service will see trains on the Jubilee, Victoria, Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines run all night on Fridays and Saturdays.
Here is TfL’s breakdown of how frequent trains will be:
Jubilee and Victoria: Trains running on average every 10 minutes across the entire lines
Central: Trains running approximately every 10 minutes between White City and Leytonstone and approximately every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway to White City and Leytonstone to Loughton/Hainault. No service between North Acton and West Ruislip, Loughton and Epping and Woodford and Hainault.
Northern: Trains running on average every eight minutes between Morden and Camden Town and approximately every 15 minutes from Camden Town to High Barnet/Edgware. No service on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches.
Piccadilly: Trains running on average every 10 minutes between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5. No service on the Terminal 4 loop, or between Acton Town and Uxbridge.
A spokesperson for TfL said long-term plans would see the overnight service extended to parts of the Metropolitan, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City lines once modernisation programmes are complete, but gave no timetable.
Night trains could also run on parts of the London Overground by 2017 and the Docklands Light Railway by 2021.
Journeys will be charged at standard off-peak fares by the standard methods of Oyster, contactless cards and travelcards, which will be valid for journeys starting before 04.30am the following day.
“All stations will continue to be staffed by London Underground employees while train services are running, just as we do in the day,” a spokesperson for TfL said. “There will be an enhanced policing presence during the overnight services.”
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London and Conservative MP, has previously championed the plans despite criticism over failure to deliver the promised start date in September.
Business groups have been enthusiastic about the impact on the capital’s night-time economy following estimates that 2,000 permanent jobs could be provided and an extra £360 million generated for the economy.
A starting date for the Night Tube has not yet been announced but Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) members have now accepted a deal on pay and working conditions.
Members of the drivers' union Aslef are currently voting on the offer and will announce their verdict on Monday, while TSSA and Unite have not yet put the offer to their members.
A spokesperson for TfL told The Independent that no date could yet be announced but recruitment and training for 200 new part time drivers was underway.
Steve Griffiths, London Underground’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “I’m pleased that RMT members have voted to accept our offer.
“This is a fair and affordable pay deal, which includes complete protection of employee work/life balance.
“We are seeking agreement with the other unions and continue to focus on the recruitment and training of part-time drivers to deliver the Night Tube for London as quickly as possible.”
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