Night Overground to return in time for Christmas

Overground train. Pic: Alper Cugan

All-night Overground services between Highbury & Islington and New Cross will return on December 17, after being suspended since March last year.

This follows the return of night services on the Central and Victoria lines, which is expected to reopen on November 27.

The news comes as a petition to bring back the night tube in order to address women’s safety concerns reaches over 150,000 signatures.

Night Overground services also tackle Hackney residents’ concerns over cuts to bus services and the rising costs of taxis in the area.

Transport for London announced earlier this month that the service will run every 15 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights.

“Restoring this service means customers can once again easily access these diverse and buzzing areas of London, rich with restaurants, bars and nightspots,” said TfL in a press release.

“Reintroducing these 24-hour services at weekends will also help the 1.6 million people who work at night in London and will provide another safe transport option for all Londoners.”

The mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville said that the reopening of the night Overground is vital to the late-night economy of areas such as Shoreditch, Dalston and Hoxton.

With less night buses running across the borough, people living and working in Hackney have struggled to get home at night.

Night commuters have also complained about longer waiting times and higher fares for ride sharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, due to staff shortages and an increase in demand.

Since the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, off-peak travel has rebounded while peak journeys remain stagnant.

The increase in demand, as well as concerns over safety issues, have pushed the government to bring forward the return of the night Overground.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I am determined to make the capital as safe as possible for all Londoners, especially women and girls.”

“The return of the night Overground will make a huge difference to those who are travelling home late at night.”

Night Czar for London Amy Lamé said: “The return of the night Overground is a great festive boost to our night economy, not only for those who want to have a great night out, but for those who work in this vital sector too.”

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