The London Underground, or The Tube as it is affectionately known, has played a vital role in the city’s transport infrastructure since the 1930s. The public rapid transit system, which serves a large part of Greater London, covers 270 stations and over 400 kilometres of track. Yearly, The Tube transports over 1.2 billion passengers and it remains the quintessential cornerstone of London’s transportation system – even more so come 2015 as The Tube will be operating 24 hours per day on weekends.
The Mayor and London Underground (LU) officially announced that the 24-hour 'Night Tube' services at weekends will begin operation in September 2015, transforming night time journeys across London for millions of people. The first all night weekend London Underground services will run from 12 September 2015, just in time for the Rugby World Cup in England.
According to reports, The Night Tube will cut night time journeys by an average of 20 minutes, with some cut by more than an hour. It will also play a vital role in opening up London's night-time economy to a host of new opportunities, supporting new jobs and services. It will also create an added incentive for visitors looking to explore London around the clock.
Londoners and visitors to the capital will be able to take the Tube home at any hour of the night on Fridays and Saturdays. As the most visited city in the world, London will join just a handful of other top world cities, including New York and Berlin, which also provide underground services through the night.
In order to meet the expected demand for Night Tube services, there will be six trains per hour through central London on all Night Tube lines, including the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines. On the Northern line, there will be eight trains per hour to meet demand at busy stations between Leicester Square and Camden Town.