TFL to start 24-hour weekend “Night Tube” from September 2015
Transport For London have announced their plans to run a new “night tube” service at weekends, meaning London Underground services will be available 24 hours a day!
These changes won’t come into place until 12th September 2015, but they will surely be welcomed with open arms by those who work night shifts and those who are partial to a night out but don’t enjoy night buses.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has praised the plans stating: “As well as creating vital new jobs and giving a huge boost to our economy, the Night Tube will help millions of people to get around our city more easily and quickly.”
The night tubes will run on five lines; Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria however not all routes will cover the entire line. Travellers can expect between six-eight trains every hour, with the changes coming in to effect just in time for the influx of visitors to the capital for the Rugby World Cup, which will see large numbers of people attending games at several stadiums including Twickenham, Olympic Park and Wembley from 18th September to 31st October.
Head of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union (RMT) has criticised the new plans claiming they had “not been properly thought through and are a disaster waiting to happen”.
“To make this plan work we need more tube staff not less if we are not going to be risking disaster at three o’clock in the morning when the West End is flooded with thousands of people fresh out of the pubs and clubs.”
What are your views on the night tubes?