London Overground will add a 24-hour service on part of the route that runs from Hackney to Lewisham from December, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced today.
Khan said: “Our Night Tube services have been a real success right across the capital, so I’m delighted to announce that we’ll be bringing the night Overground to the East London line later this year.
“It will provide huge benefits to Londoners and visitors to our city, helping those working hard through the night and all those out enjoying everything London has to offer, as well as creating jobs and boosting our economy.”
The route will run throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction. The 24-hour service will be extended to Highbury & Islington next year however the service will not stop at Whitechapel until September 2018 due to Crossrail work.
East Londoners will be able to enjoy easier weekend travel across the capital 24-hours a day as the service connects with the Jubilee Line, which also runs a night-time service, at Canada Water station.
City Hall estimates the Night Tube network is boosting London’s economy by £77 million a year and providing around 2,000 permanent jobs.
“The ‘orange line’ is the artery that connects London’s most vibrant areas. The opening of the night service will not just boost the local economy, it will further feed the creative spirit of east London, the culture epicentre of Europe,” said Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon and London Union.
Night Tube services currently also run on the Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly and Central lines.