Transport for London announce Northern Line to run 24 hours a day on weekends on London Underground
People in Morden, Wimbledon, Tooting and Clapham are set to benefit from a new 24-hour tube service.
The weekend service will mean trains will run throughout the night on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings on core parts of the underground, but will not come into force until 2015.
This will initially include the Piccadilly, Victoria, Central and Jubilee lines and key sections of the Northern line - inlcuding the Morden branch.
It will not include the District line but TfL said it does have plans to expand the service across all lines in later years.
The service will be complemented by existing 24-hour night bus services across London.
Announcing the plans today, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “This will not just boost jobs and our vibrant night-time economy, it will further cement London's reputation as the best big city on the planet to in which to live, work, visit and invest.”
The expanded service has been made possible because of increase modernisation of the network over recent years.
Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, said: “We will continue to make the Tube more accessible and provide assistance at stations for all our customers who need it.
“Rebuilt stations, new trains and signalling systems mean we are now running some of the most frequent metro services anywhere in Europe.”
Unions vow to fight ticket office closures
The announcement comes on the same day as plans were confirmed to close all ticket offices on the tube network.
The move result in 750 job losses from 2015 and provoked anger from transport unions, the TSSA and the RMT, who accused Mr Johnson of hypocrisy.
The Mayor rebuffed concerns that passenger safety would be put at risk because there were fewer staff at tube stations.
But the RMT, led by general secretary Bob Crow, warned of a “muggers’ paradise”.
Mr Crow added: “Throwing in the plan for night time operation at the weekends is just a smokescreen to try and camouflage the real issue which is savage cuts to jobs, access and safety.
"Any move to run through the night would require huge additional capacity and staffing and wholesale changes to fleet and infrastructure maintenance that would require the agreement of the tube unions and the issue has only been flagged up today as a diversion from the massive cuts agenda.”
The changes could save £50m a year, while fare rises are expect to increase by the increase of inflation (retail price index) plus one per cent next year.
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