Transport for London has announced that London Underground trains will be running for 24 hours during weekends.
By 2015, certain tube trains will be operating through the whole night on Fridays and Saturdays. This will initially be implemented on the Central, Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines, and on key sections of the Northern line.
Since the announcement, the British Hospitality Association (BHA) has welcomed the news, stating that it will bring a boost to night-time business for hospitality companies, and in turn, create a wide array of hospitality jobs for the region.
BHA deputy chief executive Martin Couchman said: “This is excellent news for London hospitality businesses, not to mention tourists visiting the capital and, of course, the people who live and work here. London is a 24-hour city with world-beating hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions and a fantastically vibrant bar and club scene."
The move has been the result of a five-year campaign led by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retails. It's strategic affairs director Kate Nicholls added that for individuals who are going out for drinks or going to the theatre, they no longer have to worry about getting home safely at night. Essentially, the capital city will now be able to deliver a transport system that benefits the hospitality industry, which is currently worth £1.5 billion.
London Mayor Boris Johnson concluded that the Underground has been helping people get around the capital for 150 years, and this move to a 'Night Tube' service will not just be an investment in the city's night-time economy but it will boost job creation across many sectors.
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