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Night Overground services to extend to north London for first time

Night Overground services will extend to serve Canonbury and Highbury and Islington stations from 23 February 2018.

The new service will link the Overground to the Night Tube network via the Victoria line for the first time, and will make late night travel quicker and easier for the night shift workers, including emergency services and the hospitality sectors, who work in north and east London.

More than 35,000 journeys have already been made on the Night Overground, which has seen passengers travelling on Friday and Saturday nights between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate since December 2017.

British Transport Police (BTP) has been working with Transport for London (TfL) to ensure that “travel on London's public transport network is a safe and pleasant experience at all times of the day and night” said Martin Fry, BTP’s chief superintendent.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "Following our hugely successful launch of the Night Tube, I'm delighted that we will be able to extend the Night Overground service to help even more Londoners.

“These night-time services are providing a huge boost to our economy and a safe and reliable way for people to travel across the capital, helping all those working hard during the night or out enjoying everything the capital's nightlife has to offer.”

The announcement follows earlier calls by the RMT for government intervention after it was revealed that TfL had a deficit of nearly £1bn.

TfL has spent over £2m so far in an effort to combat noise and disturbance from the Night Tube since services started in 2016.

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Andrew Gwilt   13/02/2018 at 19:05

Why not extend the East London Line to Crystal Palace and West Croydon. Aswell Night Overground to be added to the North London Line between Stratford-Willesden Junction and Richmond. West London Line between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction and South London Line between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction. And future Night Overground services to be introduced on the Gospel Oak-Barking, Euston-Watford Junction and Liverpool Street-Cheshunt, Chingford and Enfield Town Lea Valley lines.

James Miller   14/02/2018 at 04:08

I have a feeling that extending the Night Overground further would be problematical as it will be more in Nwtwork Rail, freight and Southern territory. The Overground running to Camden Road or even Willesde would tie it all together, but might be technically ir politically difficult.

Bob   14/02/2018 at 16:17

Why not have night services all over the country Andrew? I hear Aberystwyth is crying out for some.

Andrew JG   14/02/2018 at 21:15

Not just night service to be introduced on the London Overground. But also the Class 710’s Aventra that are currently being manufactured at Bombardier Transportation Derby plant will soon enter service hopefully in the summer this year as these new Class 710 units will be replacing the Class 172’s DMU’s on the Gospel Oak-Barking that will be cascaded to WM Trains. And the Class 315’s and Class 317’s EMU’s on the Lea Valley metro services and Romford-Upminster Line shuttle service. But London Overground might keep 1 Class 315 train for the Romford-Upminster shuttle. And also to transfer the Class 378’s used on the Euston-Watford DC Line to operate on the North London Line and East London Line to services add more capacity during busier times. It does look like this year will have night services to operate on some parts of the London Underground lines and on the London Overground.

Mark Stay   14/02/2018 at 23:42

Plus of course we are eagerly anticipating the introduction of bi-modal Turbo-charged Pacers on the Sudbury and Southminster branches allowing 24hr operations for livestock transfers! (and A Gwilt)

Andrew Gwilt   15/02/2018 at 00:46

Oh do shut up Mark Stay. What a pathetic comment.

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