Friday, 22 May 2015


Night Tube news from Transport for London

The Night Tube network will support London's vibrant night-time economy and boost businesses, jobs and leisure opportunities. It will also support and help maintain London's status as a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and visit.


Summary of the night-time service

  • Central line: Trains will run between Ealing Broadway and Hainault / Loughton (no service between North Acton and West Ruislip; Loughton and Epping; or Woodford and Hainault)
  • Jubilee line: Trains will run on the entire line
  • Northern line: Trains will run on the entire line except on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches
  • Piccadilly line: There will be a service between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5 (no service on the Terminal 4 loop, or between Acton Town and Uxbridge via Rayners Lane)
  • Victoria line: Trains will run on the entire line

The frequency of the Night Tube service may vary by line and by branch, but on average there will be a train every 10 minutes or less. There is no plan to charge different fares and every station on the Night Tube network will be visibly staffed when trains are running.
The exact routes served are shown in the map on this page. All stations shown will be served, subject to engineering works.
The new service will complement existing 24-hour and night bus services. Additionally, by 2017 night services could operate on London Overground services and by 2021 on the Docklands Light Railway. Night Tube services will also be expanded to the Metropolitan, Circle, District, and Hammersmith and City lines once our modernisation programmes are complete.

Why now?

When designing the Night Tube network, we considered where there's likely to be the highest demand for overnight travel, informed by the existing Night bus network usage figures on Friday and Saturday nights.
There are no plans to reduce or withdraw Night bus routes due to Night Tube, although service frequencies may change to reflect customer demand.

Safety and noise

We are sensitive to the potential of additional noise and disturbance created by Night Tube. However, we do expect this disturbance to be limited.
We will carry out a thorough assessment of noise issues before the introduction of Night Tube, and will undertake works to improve the condition of the track.
Once Night Tube is operational, we will of course continue to work with residents to investigate any issues regarding noise, and look at action needed to help resolve the situation.
We will also continue to deliver upgrade and maintenance work, and when possible we plan to do this overnight between Sunday and Thursday on the Night Tube lines.
The safety of our customers and staff is our highest priority. We are working closely with the British Transport Police to ensure that the deployment of existing or extra overnight staff best supports the overnight operation of London Underground.

London's Night Tube economy research

Volterra has been commissioned by Transport for London (TfL) and London First to assess the impact of the Night Tube service on London's night-time economy.
Since 2003, there has been a 50% increase in demand for Tube services after 21:00 on Saturday evenings.
The service will open up London's night-time economy to a whole host of new opportunities, altering the way that people behave and the way that businesses choose to operate. It will support and help maintain London's status as a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and visit.

Quantifiable benefits

  • An estimated 1,965 permanent jobs will be supported by the Night Tube - 265 through direct operation of the service and 1,700 indirectly in the night-time economy, taking into account impacts on London's night-time economy and the additional London Underground staff that would be required
  • The net additional output produced as a result equates to a extra £360m over 30 years
  • Time savings will be on average 20 minutes but up to an hour will be saved on some routes
  • Standard business case shows that for each £1 spent on delivering Night Tube, benefits will be £2.70
  • Adding in wider economic impacts increases this benefit by £1.20 for every pound spent

Unquantifiable benefits

  • Reduced demand for illegal minicabs, thus improved safety in taxis at night
  • Improved commuter journeys for many people who work during the night-time in central London but live further out
  • Potential for longer operating hours for bars, clubs, restaurants, bowling alleys, cinemas, museums, art galleries and attractions
  • Reduced congestion at stations after events at entertainment venues like the O2 as people are not in such a rush to leave to catch the last tube as events finish
  • Improved accessibility to Heathrow for passengers flying before 07:00 at the weekend
This would all contribute towards a more vibrant night-time economy in London, with a greater range of uses and a wider demographic, and help to retain London's attractiveness to visitors, residents and businesses.