ELL boroughs miss out as Transport for London announces 24-hour tube service across the capital

Transport for London is looking at increasing frequencies. Pic: TfL

Pic: Transport for London

Transport for London (TFL) has released a map showing the routes of 24-hour London Underground services running from September.

Services on the Jubilee, Victoria, Northern, Piccadilly and most of the Central line will run Friday and Saturday nights from 12 September.

The entirety of the Jubilee and Victoria lines will be in operation, but only parts of Central line will run, with no service between North Acton and West Ruislip, Loughton and Epping and Woodford and Hainault.

The Northern line will run between Morden to High Barnet and Edgware, with no service on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches. And the Piccadilly line will run an all-night service between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5.

Residents in Tower Hamlets and Hackney will benefit from the 24-hour services with TFL claiming that users of the 24-hour tube will cut their journey times by approximately 20 minutes if they exchange night buses for night tubes.

However, residents in Lewisham and Croydon will miss out, as no TFL services will be operating within the boroughs. Yet, according to TFL, night services could operate on parts of the London Overground in 2017.

TFL says that the service will inject £360 million and 2000 jobs into the capital. Adding that the 24-hour tube will complete the night transport service in London and “will be pivotal to London’s night economy.”

Yet the announcement has raised concerns with Tube drivers who plan to strike on 8 July as a result of the 24-hour service and pay conditions.

Others have argued that the introduction of the service will be damage London’s taxi operation. Tony Liu, a London taxi diver, fears for his daily trade. He said: “People who go to bars and other events on weekends, may now choose to take a night tube home instead of a taxi, if there is a convenient night service.”

David Lee, a student from Queen Mary, University of London, however welcomes the new service from TFL. He said: “It is good news, because I don’t need to stand out in the cold and wait for the night bus on weekends.”

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