Those little owls got us so excited… But our hopes have been dashed once again after senior union workers have announced that there is “little chance of the night tube happening this year”. Negotiation talks with TfL have stopped, making it clear that the supposed ‘new autumn start date’ that Mayor Boris Johnson forecasted was, um, a bit of a porkie pie.
The night tube was initially meant to commence from 12 September but after a series of tube strikes throughout the summer, which left a lot of Londoners feeling pretty riled up, the date was pushed back and the 24hr tube service was delayed. Just for a change.
Finn Brennan, ASLEF union organiser on London Underground, said: ‘We have made it clear to London Underground that we want to keep talking and develop a solution that delivers night tube while protecting and improving work life balance for our members.” Unfortunately, the London Underground has rejected every proposal made so far, meaning a resolution is looking less and less likely.
The delay will cost London’s businesses, restaurants and theatres tens of millions of pounds. And it seems like we’ll be shlepping it on the night bus for the foreseeable future. Ah well. It was fun while it lasted, eh?
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