Although the strikes hit the city in the summer last year, with the transport workers unsatisfied with work conditions and the outcomes of negotiations with TfL, the Night Tube is happening. It’s been a minor delay long year of waiting – but yesterday, on the 19th of August, the night London underground service has finally start running. If you’re ready to fully explore the city that never really goes to sleep, here are the essentials of London Night Tube.
Which London Underground lines will be operating all night?
Although we remember last year’s adverts that claimed that Central, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines will be included in the night train service, only the red and light blue-coloured lines have extended their operating times during weekends. The Night Tube will only run on Fridays and Saturdays (what else do you need, really?!) – for now, the Central line operates between Ealing Broadway and Hainault, and Victoria all the way from Brixton to Walthamstow Central.
When will the rest of the tube lines run all night?
For those who are waiting for the other lines – they will start operating in autumn. The Northern line will run on the entire line, however, not for those who partied in the East London – Bank branch will be not functioning. The Piccadilly line will operate between Cockfosters and Heathrow – so the other West London branch won’t be included, either. There’s good news for those who live by Jubilee line – it will operate all night long, and trains will serve the entire line.
How often will the night trains run?
For now, Victoria line will get a train every 10 minutes. On Central line from White City to Leytonstone, the travellers will be able to get on the train every 10 minutes, and every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway to White City and Leytonstone to Loughton or Hainault. Once the line is opened for weekend nights, the Jubilee and Piccadilly line trains will run every 10 minutes. Northern Line will run every 8 minutes between Morden and Camden Town and every 15 minutes from Camden Town to High Barnet and Edgware.
How much will you have to pay?
Good news: the Night Tube will use off-peak charges for those who use pay-as-you-go, and you’ll be able to use the travelcards up until 4.30am in the morning the next day.
What’s in it for me?
Really?! Okay… TfL estimated that 180,000 night travellers will benefit – with the most of them getting on the tube in popular spots like Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Victoria, Covent Garden, Brixton, Oxford Circus, Holborn, Stratford, Waterloo, and the O2’s North Greenwich.