Night Tube services to be extended to cover Overground this year
The capital’s 24-hour transport network was expanded again today after it was announced the London Overground will run through the night from December.
The East London route will operate all night on Fridays and Saturdays between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction, then extended to Highbury & Islington next year.
It means passengers will be able to travel across even wider swathes of the capital 24-hours a day as it will also connect with Canada Water station on the Jubilee line.
The Night Tube — which has seen 6.5 million journeys since it began last year — already operates on the Central, Victoria, Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly routes.
The extended “orange line” serves a culturally diverse part of the capital including museums, galleries, restaurants, bars and night spots.
It will also help those working in East London’s thriving hospitality and service sectors, and those who live in outer zones by reducing journey times.
City Hall estimates the 24-hour Tube network is boosting the capital’s economy by £77 million a year and supporting around 2,000 permanent jobs. Mayor Sadiq 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.”
Alan D Miller, chairman of the Night Time Industries Association, said: “London is making significant strides to become a smart, future-oriented 24-hour city in which transport is a vital component.”
Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon and London Union, added: “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.” The section of the route between New Cross Gate and H&I is managed by TfL meaning weekend services can operate there. The rest is operated on Network Rail tracks.
New 24-hour Overground services will not call at Whitechapel station until September 2018 as a result of Crossrail work. TfL hopes to extend the Night Tube to parts of the Metropolitan, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City lines at some point after 2023.