Written by Kate Harding
On the first night the Night Tube opened its services, over 50,000 Londoners jumped at the first opportunity to travel on the underground. A whopping 6,500 people tapped into Oxford Circus and 4,250 people tapped out at Stratford; the most busiest stations during the trial.
It seems to me that the night tube has been a long time coming. In today’s world, people are staying out later than ever to socialize whether it be at a bar, a restaurant or dancing away in a nightclub with friends; the demand for late night transport has been astronomical, so you do wonder why it has taken London so long to realize the potential.
The night tube is estimated to support nearly 12,000 jobs, with the hospitality industry at the receiving end for majority. With London taking a leaf out of the famous ‘city that never sleeps’, we can expect to start seeing Bars, restaurants and clubs extending their opening hours and even see a rise in full, 24 hour venues.
Another great thing to come out of the Night Tube, is that the public can enjoy London’s vibrant and exciting night life, and feel at ease at the fact they can now travel home quickly, safely and cheaply after a night out in the city. London Hospitality venues will be rolling the profit in thanks to this whole new easy access.
Paul Mallan, Branch Manager for Berkeley Scott London Temporary Recruitment, has shared his thoughts on the impact of the Night Tube for the business; “The introduction of the Night tube will be a real positive for our temporary candidates. Many staff working breakfast shifts or events that finish late currently have to use the night bus to travel to or from work. Many people balk at the prospect of catching multiple buses to get home, so having the option of the night tube will be a real help for anyone looking for weekend work. Obviously we are still in the early stages of implementation but when it is fully up and running, the improved transport options will give workers and employers increased flexibility, which should be great for hospitality in London as a whole”
Lines running the Night Tube on a Friday and Saturday are:
Victoria Line – Running every 10 minutes across the entire line
Central Line – Running every 10 minutes between White City & Leytonstone and every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway & White City and between Leytonstone & Loughton/Hainault
Jubilee Line (coming this Autumn) – Running every 10 minutes across the entire line
Northen Line (coming this Autumn) – Running every 8 minutes between Morden & Camden Town and every 15 minutes between Camden Town & High Barnet/Edgware
Piccadilly Line (coming this Autumn) – Running every 10 minutes between Cockfosters & Heathrow Terminal 5
The Night Tube is also planned to expand to parts of the Metropolitan, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City Lines.