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This Is Not A Drill: The Night Tube Start Date Has Been Confirmed

Lucy Bloxham Lucy Bloxham

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It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. All this ‘will they, won’t they’ over the past few months (years) has given us whiplash! As a result, at Secret London headquarters TfL has officially stood for ‘They’re full-of Lies’. But now, the time has come…the Night Tube’s official start date has been confirmed. And it’s preetttyyyyy good! For the first time in the Tube’s history, thousands of Londoners will be able to travel around the capital all through the night on Friday and Saturdays, starting from the end of this summer…that is, more specifically, from August 19th!

Here is an interactive Night Tube timeline, just to show how far we’ve come….

The long-awaited 24-hour weekend service will begin on the Central and Victoria lines, with the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern to follow in the autumn, helping shift workers and late night party-goers travel to and from outer London quickly and safely. According to Transport for London, journeys will be reduced by an average of 20 minutes and some by more than an hour! Sadiq Khan, London’s new mayor, said the Night Tube was “absolutely vital” to his plans for the capital’s 24-hour economy: “I have made getting the Night Tube up and running a priority, and London Underground has now confirmed that services on the first two lines will launch on 19 August.” The service will reportedly play a key role in opening up London’s night-time economy to new opportunities, supporting around 2,000 permanent jobs and boosting London’s economy by £360m. And here we thought it was all so we could party harder! (And because of that, here is what the Night Tube map looks like showing only Night Clubs).

 

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