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Unions promise ‘policy of extreme vigilance’ as Night Tube readies to run

Union members have warned that they will be maintaining “a policy of extreme vigilance” as the Night Tube gears up for its launch later today (19 August).

RMT representatives said they will be monitoring issues like safety, security and the impact of running services round the clock on staff.

“The union will also continue to resist any attempts to deliver Night Tube on the cheap,” added Mick Cash, RMT’s general secretary. “Huge logistical challenges in areas like safety, maintenance and engineering will remain under close scrutiny by the union.

“RMT is also conscious of a range of problems with the rolling out of the second tranche of Night Tube services and it is essential that those issues are dealt with through the negotiating machinery and that procedures aren’t dodged in order to hit arbitrary deadlines.”

The union supports the concept of a Night Tube, but was caught in an enduring dispute with London Underground management all throughout last year and even lasting until this May.

“Night Tube is a massive step for London at a time of surging demand for transport services,” Cash continued. “It must not be compromised by under-valuing the staff charged with delivering the service or by the government cuts that are being lined up for the TfL budget.”

The all-night service, which was originally meant to start in September 2015, is hailed as a big step forward for the capital’s transport network. Eight new overnight bus services will also run alongside the Tube operation to complement the Night Tube, ensuring customers have easy options to get home.

The all-night service will begin on the Central and Victoria lines tonight, running every 30 minutes throughout both Friday and Saturday and calling at 51 stations.

London mayor Sadiq Khan, who will ride the first Friday evening train today, has confirmed around 100 extra police officers will be deployed to patrol stations and trains overnight as part of a £3.4m investment to strengthen night-time safety across the network.

In advance of the service launching, TfL has also updated its extensive open data API so customers can use travel apps to plan their Night Tube journeys.


(Top image c. Dominic Lipinski, PA Wire)

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Andrew Gwilt   19/08/2016 at 15:18

So the Central & Victoria lines are the 1st 2 lines that will introduce the new night tube service then the Northern, Jubilee, Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines should also introduce the night tube service then if that's successful then the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and District lines will soon have night tube service and then the Waterloo & City line should soon have a night tube service possibly in late 2017 or early 2018 plus extensions for some lines such as the Northern, Central, District, Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines to have the extended night service on all of the routes and the entire London Underground network will be operating not just throughout the day but also operated throughout the night as well.

Jerry Alderson   19/08/2016 at 17:13

I've spent a lot of the past three yerars in Vienna, where they also have a 24-hour metro (U-Bahn) at the weekend and in their case also on Bank Holidays. It has one of the highest per capita riderships in the world. Vienna is a very safe city and there are very few incidents during the night. Vienna is almost totally DOO (not even DCO aka DOO+1) on all of its public transport. Passenger flow is much easier on the London Underground as the Viennese have the advantge of a modern U-Bahn system with wide platforms, walkways, stairs and plenty of lifts plus entrances at each end and no ticket barriers. The platform-train interface is safer as their train shave gap-fillers. (To bring London Underground up to Vienna quality would near-bankrupt London.) Fewer staff are needed at the U-Bahn stations (certainly no-one telling people to mind the gap) but it is patrolled well at night.

Nonsuchmike   26/08/2016 at 11:45

My concern is: with all these U lines going 24/7, when will essential maintenance and repair take place? Currently, these matters are dealt with overnight or over several nights, will future work be carried out with a complete closure of that particular line and (maybe) bussing between stations? Another well thought through strategy from Boris the Bulgar. But I am not a luddite and can see the obvious benefits these hour-extensions bring to all Londoners; will closures therefore be on the "least used" nights, such as a Monday (or whenever)?

Joel   30/09/2016 at 11:45

While Night Tube is great for passengers (as long as it is safe), who is really paying for it. The London Council tax precept payer basically. How much NEW revenue will Night Tube generate, as opposed to people using time-based tickets? The businesses will do well but they're not contributing to the cost - their taxation goes to central government, not to TfL. Night Tube keeps London vibrant but why should I subsidise it? Not the same as paying for libraries, which benefit everyone, same for education. Yes to a safe Night Tube, no to the beneficiaries not paying for it as well.

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