Northern line Night Tube services to return this weekend, TfL announces

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 (Rex Features)
(Rex Features)

Night Tube services on the Northern Line will return this weekend, Transport for London has announced.

TfL said that services on the line would resume from Saturday in a further boost to the capital’s night-time economy.

Night Tube services returned on the Central and Victoria lines in November 2021, and were further bolstered in May by the return of the Jubilee line. TfL also plan to reopen Piccadilly line services this summer.

TfL said that RMT strike action across Night Tube services, which began in January, will continue until December this year when the union’s mandate for industrial action ends. However, they claimed it would cause “minimal disruption” with at least two trains per hour running on the Central Line.

The resumption of Northern line Night Tube services comes in addition to a doubling in the frequency of trains on the Northern Line Extension between Kennington and Battersea Power Station, TfL said. There are now twelve trains running per hour during peak times.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “This is another landmark moment in the capital’s recovery from the pandemic – and fantastic news for Londoners and visitors who want to enjoy the capital’s incredible nightlife, safe in the knowledge that they will be able to get the Northern Line home.

“It means that Night Tube services have now returned on the Central, Victoria and Jubilee lines, delivering not only a huge economic boost for our world-renowned night time economy but also making a huge difference to people who want to travel around our city at night.”

The announcement follows widespread travel disruption due to industrial action on Britain’s railways last week, with 40,000 members of the RMT at Network Rail and 13 other train operators walking out on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in a bitter dispute over pay and redundancies.

Separate strike action across the London Underground last week, led by the RMT and Unite, effectively brought the capital to a standstill with millions of Londoners opting to work from home.

RMT members reaffirmed their backing for industrial action in a reballot last Friday, with more than 90 per cent voting in favour of further strikes on a 53.1 per cent turnout. No new strike dates have been set, but they will be decided by the union’s executive in due course.

Meanwhile, industrial action continued on Tuesday and Wednesday this week as members of the drivers’ union Aslef on the Croydon Tramlink walked out on Tuesday and Wednesday over pay.

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