Saturday 29 April 2017

London Night Tube: Everything you need to know about the new Underground service

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Oxford Circus, on the London Underground
Oxford Circus, on the London Underground
Night Tube Map. Source: Transport for London
Baker Street Station on the London Underground
Big Ben and the UK Parliament in London. Photo: Deposit

John O'Ceallaigh

After numerous delays and setbacks, the first Night Tube services launch on the Central and Victoria lines on Friday, August 19.

A much-heralded boon for London’s night-time economy, the launch will see the Central and Victoria lines run a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays, with normal service then resuming on Sunday mornings.

Services on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines will follow in autumn.

Below is all you need to know about this much-anticipated addition to London’s transport network, including information on fares, times and safety.

When and where will the Tubes run?


 Central line trains will run approximately every 10 minutes between White City and Leytonstone, and approximately every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway to White City and Leytonstone to Loughton/Hainault.

There will be no service between North Acton and West Ruislip, Loughton and Epping and Woodford and Hainault.

On both the Jubilee and Victoria lines, trains will run on average every 10 minutes across the entire lines.

Northern line trains will run on average every eight minutes between Morden and Camden Town and every 15 minutes from Camden Town to High Barnet/Edgware. There will be no service on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches.

On the Piccadilly line, trains will run on average every 10 minutes between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5. There will be no service on the Terminal 4 loop, or between Acton Town and Uxbridge.

How much will the Night Tube cost?

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Night Tube fares will be the same as standard off-peak fares.

Day Travelcards are valid on the day of purchase and can be used on Night Tube services that commence before 04:30 the following day.

So, in practice, if you buy a Day Travelcard on Friday day it will valid for any Night Tube service you commence up until 04:29am on Saturday morning. Daily capping for Oyster-card users and those paying with contactless cards will also apply up to the same time.

What safety measures are being taken?

Stations will be staffed throughout the night just as they are during the day, and TfL team members will be on hand to help with any queries. There will also be an enhanced police presence during Night Tube services.

The British Transport Police (BTP) has committed to providing more than 100 officers to patrol the 144 stations that will be operational when the Night Tube is up and running. BTP Police |Community Support Officers will also be present and visible.

What about noise?


The announcement that Night Tube services were being considered was met with concern by a number of Londoners who felt overnight services would be unacceptably noisy and disruptive.

Responding to these concerns, TfL says its team members have “carried out a thorough assessment of noise issues alongside local authority Environmental Health Officers and have undertaken an enormous amount of work to the tracks to mitigate any noise issues before the service begins.”

Noise levels will be monitored when the service is fully up and running, and station announcements will be made at moderate levels.

Will it link with Night buses?

An extensive range of night buses will service each station on the Night Tube network. From August 19, buses 34, 123, 145, 158, 296, E1, W3 and W7 will run for 24 hours a day on Friday and Saturday.

What about accessibility?

Step-free accessibility at Night Tube stations will be exactly as it is during day services.

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