Night Tube

Night Tube

The night tube for London is soon to be a reality. Transport for London revealed the new map and announced that in less than 3 months the residents of the capital will have the chance to use the fastest way of transport during the weekends after midnight.

The introduction of the late-night underground journeys is going to be the starting point to broaden the services that the tube is providing and expand the network from 2017.

Although the all night services is announced to begin from the 12th of September the recent backlash from the tube staff creates doubts on whether the plan is going to remain the same.

According to BBC the members of union Aslef are planning to be on a 24 hour strike on the 8th of July. The reasons for the strike include complains about working conditions and salaries.

District organiser Finn Brennan said drivers would have to work unlimited night shifts for no extra pay. “It’s easy enough to produce a map, but if London Underground management want to have an all-night service in September, then they need to sit down and negotiate a fair deal for the staff they expect to provide it,” he said.

The men and women that are going to drive overnight want to negotiate for a fair deal since 97% of them voted in favour for a strike.

“Aslef aren’t opposed to all-night services but they have to be introduced in a way that is fair and protects the work-life balance of the hard working staff.” He added.

The new map and schedule is expected to make life for Londoners easier and support Central London’s economy as it will boost it by £360m creating around 2,000 jobs.

The new service will operate every Friday and Saturday night from the following lines:

  • Central line: Trains will run between Ealing Broadway, Hainault and Loughton, but will not extend to the West Ruislip branch
  • Jubilee line: Trains will run on the entire line
  • Northern line: Trains will run on the entire line except on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches
  • Piccadilly line: Trains will run between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal Five
  • Victoria line: Trains will run on the entire line
  • Night Tube trains are scheduled to run every 10 minutes except on the Northern Line, where they are scheduled to run at seven-and-a-half minute intervals.

Article written by Efcharis Sgourou