London’s Night Tube Your Inside Scoop
Written by Daina Renton
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Here’s some key facts you need to know: The night tube operates on the Victoria, Jubilee, Northern, Central and Piccadilly lines. Night tube fares are off-peak, and according to the TFL website, “Day Travelcards are valid on the day of issue (using the date printed on the card), and for journeys starting before 04:30 the following day. For example, if you buy a Day Travelcard at 11:00 on Friday, you can use it until 04:29 on the following Saturday. Daily capping on Oyster cards and contactless payment cards also applies.” There are already half a million users of London’s new night tube service.
Commuters rejoice! London’s night tube service is finally starting to take off.
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So why did our leading city decide to introduce what’s now known as the 24 hour tube? This brand new service has been made possible thanks to the continued modernisation of significant parts of the Underground network, and improved levels of reliability. Independent research into the economic benefits of the Night Tube found that the new service will boost jobs and help maintain London’s status as a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and visit.
This new addition to London’s travel network is said to cut night time journeys by an average of 20 minutes – and we all know how insufferable (and strange) the night buses can be.
The 24 hour tube is said to be playing a vital role in opening up London’s night time economy, making it possible to support over 2,000 jobs and boost the economy by £360 million. Nice one. With regards to safety, TFL are making the same efforts as they would any other time to make it a safe, low crime area.
“Demand for a 24-hour Tube service is clear – late night Tube use has increased at double the rate of day-time trips and Night bus usage has risen by 173 per cent since 2000. There are already over half a million users of the Tube after 22:00 on Fridays and Saturdays” TFL said in a recent statement.
Should the next planning stage go ahead, it is expected to expand the service to parts of Metropolitan, Circle, District and Hammersmith, and City lines. Services could even operate on parts of the London Overground in 2017 and the Docklands Light Railway by 2021, so sources say.
Tube times are slightly slower than the normal tube with Jubilee and Victoria lines running approximately every 10 minutes. The same can be said for the Central line, every 10 minutes between White City and Leytonstone, and every 20 minutes from Ealing Broadway to White City and from Leytonstone to Loughton/Hainault.
The Northern line is marginally faster and runs every 8 minutes between Morden and Camden Town, and every 15 minutes from Camden Town to High Barnet/Edgware. The Piccadilly Line is also every 10 minutes.
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