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Night Tube to start across Overground services in time for Christmas

London Overground night services will begin in east London on Friday 15 December 2017, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced.

The 24-hour service will run between New Cross and Dalston Junction, extending to Highbury and Islington sometime next year.

The launch follows the success of the Night Tube, which, since it started in August last year, following a long dispute, has delivered over nine million journeys.

London Overground has celebrated its tenth birthday this month, and is now the third largest rail operator in the UK, according to TfL, serving 23 of the capital’s boroughs and southern Hertfordshire.

Since London Overground launched by taking over Silverlink Metro services in 2007, it has expanded the network by taking on three additional lines, opening six new stations, introducing Oyster and contactless card payment, and has seen passenger numbers rise from 33 million in 2008-09 to over 189 million in 2016-17.

Announcing the launch of the service, Sadiq Khan said: “I’m delighted that we can bring night services to the east London line for the first time ever next month.

“The Night Tube has proven such a success with Londoners, I know the Night Overground will help thousands more who are working through the night or out enjoying our capital’s nightlife.”

TfL’s director of London rail and sponsored services, Jonathan Fox, explained: “The East London line, from New Cross Gate to Dalston Junction, is one of the most popular parts of London Overground, with the railway having contributed hugely to the regeneration of large parts of London over recent years.”

Will Rogers, managing director of Arriva Rail London, which operates the overground on behalf of TfL, said that Arriva is looking forward to the launch of the night service.

“Our teams in stations and on trains work tirelessly to transform the service for our customers and communities.

“We are proud to be delivering 24-hour weekend services to the benefit of our customers who work during the night, and those that will be able to enjoy east London's vibrant social scene with an easier route home.”

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James Miller   20/11/2017 at 11:06

Thanks TfL. As someone who lives within walking distance of Dalston Junction station, that will be convenient for me. It's probably put a little bit on the value of ny house!

Andrew Gwilt   20/11/2017 at 15:25

Happy Birthday London Overground. I think that London Overground should allow other lines to operate a night service including the North London Line, West London Line, South London Line, rest of the East London Line, Euston-Watford DC and Liverpool St-Cheshunt, Enfield Town and Chingford Lea Valley services to operate a night service. And perhaps the Gospel Oak-Barking Line could also operate a night service once the electrification is completed along with new trains to be delivered. Also why not allow London Overground to operate a Sunday service on the Romford-Upminster line and maybe a night service on the Romford-Upminster Line once the Crossrail works is finished and the entire Elizabeth Line opens in 2019 with their trains to operate night services aswell if TfL agrees with operating night services in the Elizabeth Line.

Andrew JG   20/11/2017 at 15:35

London Overground Class 710’s Aventras that are currently being manufactured and once they have being delivered. They will be operating on the Gospel Oak-Barking, Romford-Upminster, Euston-Watford DC and Lea Valley Metro (Liverpool Street-Chingford, Enfield Town and Cheshunt) Lines. Which I hope that TfL and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan could introduce night services on some of those lines and to introduce a Sunday service on the Romford-Upminster line which could happen. Plus the extension to Barking Riverside that London Overground could also allow a night service. When the extension is finished.

Melvyn   21/11/2017 at 17:45

TFL are able to introduce a night service on the East London Line because they control and own the infrastructure , while extension to Highbury and Islington is possible because Overground is sole user of the route which has seperate terminal platforms at Highbury and Islington. The problem with much of the Overground is that it is owned and controlled by Network Rail and much of it is heavily used at night by freight trains especially the North London Line . Given how TFL and its predecessor London Transport has a very long history of owning and running its own railways and the return of Network Rail to state ownership there is a case for asking whether at least some of the Overground lines should be transferred to TFL/ Mayoral control and ownership giving the possibility of using Stations etc for development of housing. Etc to fund upgrades . The project that could make all the difference is the East to West Project to reopen The Varsity Line between Cambridge and Oxford thus providing an alternative route for freight trains but this project keeps getting pushed back ...

Mark Hare   22/11/2017 at 11:30

@Melvyn - East West Rail has indeed been delayed however now the emphasis seems to be to get the project completed as early as possible. Timescales should be reduced because the scope of the project has been scaled back, for example no requirement for electrification, reduced requirement for double tracking in some locations and so on. Personally I'm hoping to be able to travel direct from Milton Keynes to Aylesbury or Oxford within the next five years.

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