Night Tube Launches on Central Line this Weekend

With Piccadilly line service set to follow in Autumn

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Night Tube services launch on the Central and Victoria lines this Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, with services on the Piccadilly, Northern and Jubilee lines following in the autumn.

Transport for London (TfL) has also confirmed plans to expand the night time service to parts of the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines once its modernisation programmes are complete. Services could also operate on parts of the London Overground in 2017.

TfL says from this weekend trains on the Central line will run approximately every ten minutes between White City through the centre of London to Leytonstone and approximately every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway and White City.

When it launches, the Piccadilly line service will see trains running on average every ten minutes from Cockfosters through Hammersmith and West London to Heathrow Terminal 5.

Altogether 144 tube stations will be open during the night on Fridays and Saturdays, and TfL says all stations will continue to be staffed by London Underground employees while train services are running. Staff will be visible and available to help with any queries.

There will also be an enhanced policing presence during the overnight services with the British Transport Police (BTP) providing more than 100 officers to patrol the stations. More BTP Police Community Support Officers will also be out on the network to assist passengers, and support police officers, as required.

You can download a full Night Tube map here.

Standard off-peak fares will be charged and Day Travelcards cover journeys made until 4.29am the next day.

TfL adds that there is an extensive network of night buses and some routes have been extended to serve Night Tube stations to help meet the increased demand. You can downloand Night Bus maps here.

There will also be taxi ranks outside many stations, including local stations Shepherd's Bush and Ealing Broadway.

TfL says the new service has been made possible thanks to the continued modernisation of significant parts of the Underground network and improved levels of reliability.

They claim the Night Tube will cut night-time journeys by an average of 20 minutes, with some cut by more than an hour. It will also play a vital role in opening up London's night-time economy, supporting almost 2,000 permanent jobs and boosting the economy by £360m.

Late night Tube use has increased at double the rate of day-time trips and Night bus usage has risen by 173% since 2000. There are already over half a million users of the Tube after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

August 17, 2016

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