It’s finally here. The day all Londoners have been dreaming of...
On this day, Friday 19th August 2016, TFL is launching the first phase of the Night Tube, the overnight underground service we’ve all been waiting for. From this point, certain lines will be running 24-hours a day on Friday and Saturday nights - here’s to the dreaded night bus being a thing of the past!
As of Friday, a 24-hours service will commence on the Victoria and Central lines
- The Victoria line will have trains running on average every 10 minutes across the entire line
- The Central line will run trains roughly every 10 minutes between White City and Leytonstone, and approximately every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway to White City and Leytonstone to Loughton/Hainault.
*No service between North Acton and West Ruislip, Loughton and Epping and Woodford and Hainault
Later in autumn, night time services will begin on the Jubilee, Northern, and Picadilly lines.
- The Jubilee line will be running on average every 10 minutes across the entire line
- The Northern line will be running on average every 8 minutes between Morden and Camden Town, and approximately every 15 minutes from Camden Town to High Barnet / Edgware
*No service on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches
- The Piccadilly line will have trains running on average every 10 minutes between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5
*No service on the Terminal 4 loop, or between Acton Town and Uxbridge
Plans are in place to extend the night time service to parts of the Metropolitan, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City lines. Potentially, services could also operate on parts of the London Overground in 2017 and the Docklands Light Railway by 2021.
Standard off-peak fares will be charged for travelling on the Night Tube. Day Travelcards will be valid on the day of issue (using the date printed on the card), and for journeys starting before 04:30 the following day. Daily capping on Oyster cards and contactless payment cards also applies.
The Best Bit
The Night Tube will reduce night-time journeys by an average of 20 minutes - with some journeys cut by more than an hour! It’s also forecast that the Night Tube will play a key role in opening up London's night-time economy, supporting almost 2,000 permanent jobs and boosting the economy by £360m.
But that’s not even the best bit. The Central line night service means that The Collective Old Oak will be officially connected to London 24 hours a day (via North Acton)... and you know what that means: no rest for the wicked ;)