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01.11.16

Khan promises Night Tube on Piccadilly Line in December

Night Tube services are due to start running on the Piccadilly Line from 16 December, fulfilling London mayor Sadiq Khan’s promise to have five lines running by the end of the year.

The Night Tube opened on the Victoria and Central Lines in August, followed by the Jubilee Line in October. Services are due to launch on the Northern Line on 18 November.

The Piccadilly Night Tube will run for 24-hours a day on weekends, from Cockfosters to Heathrow Terminal 5. However, there will be no Night Tube service on the Terminal 4 loop or between Acton Town and Uxbridge.

Khan said: “I pledged to introduce five Night Tube services before the end of the year, and it gives me great pleasure to announce the start date of the fifth of these, the Piccadilly line services.”

He noted that the addition of the Piccadilly Line will help even more thousands of Londoners every weekend, “from those taking in the capital’s cultural landmarks to the many workers who keep London open around the clock”.

The Night Tube is expected to cut journey times across London by an average of 20 minutes, with some cut by as much as an hour.

It is also expected to boost London’s night-time economy by £77m a year and support around 2,000 permanent jobs.

Mark Wild, London Underground’s managing director, said Night Tube is making life easier for customers, with over a million journeys made on the service since it began.

“Launching the Night Tube on the Northern Line next month and the Piccadilly Line in December is an exciting development for London, which will enable even more Tube customers to make the most of everything this great city has to offer,” he added.

The successful launch of the Night Tube follows a lengthy dispute with drivers’ unions which initially caused delays to the project.

(Image: c. Yui Mok/PA Wire)

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Comments

Track Worker (Contractor)   01/11/2016 at 12:57

It's all very well him introducing the night tube on the Northern and Piccadilly line, are they ready for 24hr running is the question? And will he please stop pushing works back on London Underground to save £50m. This is causing job losses, people not being able to pay their bills and end up claiming Social Security for contractors. Thanks Mr Mayor great job. This is all in aid of achieving the promises he said, bottom line is so he can get a bonus for it. Then next year's budget will be cut by the £50m which will restrict work and compromise safety on the LU railways.

Martin   01/11/2016 at 13:32

Staffing levels where cut dramatically. Night drunks increased on the tube. I would ask would he man a station on his own during the night with these issues. We have already got a failing tube network so he decides to first cut the budget and second reduce the time engineers can try to maintain it. Politicians want to make a name for themselves at any cost. You and I will not hear about the failings or near misses this has already caused and no doubt we won't hear about these for a long time, if ever. We have been warned Isis are a major threat to us. More, not so observant passengers and quite a good cover for them to enter under the city of London. Just a few concerns that the mayor has overrid for a name in history Well done mayor

Andrew Gwilt   01/11/2016 at 18:03

So the Northern Line will be having the night service and from December-Piccadilly Line will soon have the night service. And the Bakerloo Line could also have the night service to be introduced next year and maybe the Waterloo & City Line aswell.

James Miller   02/11/2016 at 17:40

Let's have The Drain running seven days a week first. I live in Hackney and the Eastern Boroughs have easy access to the Central and the Bank Branch of the Northern, so it would help a lot to get to and from Waterloo. After all, Bloombergs are spending a forune on building a new entrance at Bank.

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