After a 26 month hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic and ongoing negotiations with Tube worker unions, Transport for London (TfL) has finally confirmed that the Night Tube service will return to the Jubilee line from May 21. It means that trains will run continuously through the night on Friday night/Saturday mornings and Saturday night/Sunday mornings again on the entire line between Stanmore and Stratford.
Whilst the service reintroduction indicates some success on TfL’s part regarding the issue of Night Tube driver rosters (the subject of the ongoing, longest Tube strike action ever) the RMT union remains in dispute with the transport authority. Until June, RMT members will continue to not start their shifts for two eight hour periods every weekend on the lines where Night Tube has been reintroduced, the Central and Victoria lines, leading to large gaps between trains of up to 30 minutes. The RMT confirmed to MyLondon, that its executive is currently considering whether or not to extend the current strike action to the Jubilee line as it has a mandate for it.
The reintroduction of the Jubilee line’s Night Tube service will mostly benefit North West Londoners, but will also provide connections with 24 hour Thameslink services at West Hampstead, the Night Overground at Canada Water, the Central line at Stratford and the Victoria line at Green Park. It is the third of five Night Tube services to return, with the Northern and Piccadilly lines still suspended. TfL is working to reintroduce the final two by this summer.
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The Jubilee line serves many nightlife hotspots across the capital including West Hampstead, the West End, Waterloo, London Bridge and Stratford so forms an integral part of City Hall’s work to boost the night-time leisure and hospitality sectors. TfL figures published by the Department for Transport (DfT) have shown that demand for leisure travel on weekends is now nearing pre-pandemic levels again, reaching 87 per cent last Sunday. Boosting the Night Tube will mean that demand can be matched to the nightlife offering.
Nick Dent, London Underground’s Director of Customer Operations, said: “The return of Night Tube on the Jubilee line, along with the Piccadilly and Northern lines later in the summer, will be a boost to the night-time economy and help our customers travel around London overnight at weekends.
“London is a global destination and we are proud to be doing our part to help people to safely and enjoyably benefit from the best of its world-leading night-time economy.”
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