Chief Inspector Colin Carswell, of the Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC), which leads the Metropolitan Police Service’s response to the implementation of the Night Tube, said: “The Night Tube is a great welcome to London’s 24-hour economy”.
When it launches, the Piccadilly line service will see trains running on average every ten minutes from Cockfosters through Hammersmith and West London to Heathrow Terminal 5.
TfL has been able to introduce overnight services following the modernisation of much of the Underground network; its launch was originally expected to take place last September but was delayed due to continued negotiations relating to worker pay and conditions.
Two of London’s busiest Tube stations on the Victoria line are Green Park and Oxford Circus, which were upgraded in 2012 with the installation of air cooling units that reduce temperatures at platform level.
The first Night Tube services launch on the Central and Victoria lines on Friday 19 August, with services on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines following in autumn.
“However, it could be a double edged-sword for some parts of London”. It will unlock the full potential of London’s night time economy and support the thousands of Londoners who travel to or from work at night.
With some concerns over the safety of the services at night, we spoke to Chris Horton, Commander of British Transport Police who told us an additional £3.4 million of funding has been spent on policing the night tube.
TfL adds that there is an extensive network of night buses and some routes have been extended to serve Night Tube stations to help meet the increased demand. A test of the service ran – with empty carriages – throughout the night on Friday, and we went for a preview. It’s why we support the new Mayor’s Keep London Open campaign.
Standard off-peak fares will apply all night, and the previous day’s travel cards will remain valid until 4.30am. There will also be an enhanced police presence during Night Tube services.