Sadiq Khan earlier announced that Night Tube services on the Northern Line would commence on 18th November.
Source: Independent >>
This of course comes on the day the Jubilee Line starts running 24 hours services on Friday and Saturdays.
So the big questions:
When is a Northern Line service a Night Tube?
Will there be a couple of fresh pocket maps I wonder?
Will there be any other unusual service patterns like the Secret Night Tube to Epping?
Will it be exactly the same as when I took a trip on the new services last month?
There has been much debate on the Twitter and Blogespheres over when the Night Tube is actually the Night Tube. The consensus seems to be: Any services that fall after the last and before the first “normal” Monday-Thursday advertised trains belong to the Night Tube.
The Night Tube therefore doesn’t have a set start and finish time across the board and is fluid depending on where you are looking on the network. Take Marble Arch for example. On a normal weekday here are the last and first trains:
The Night Tube finally arrived last weekend. In true British railway fashion it rocked up nearly a year late – it’s original proposed start being September 2015. It was well documented in the media that the delay was down to rota and pay arrangements for Tube staff. (And note I say staff and not just drivers). If you think about it, who would blame them for kicking up a fuss. If you already worked weekends (plus some nights) and then got told to do more, surely you would kick up a fuss or want some form of financial recompense? I’d find it hard to believe if you said you wouldn’t.
Anyway, as we can see it was, and still is, a highly controversial and divisive subject. Many Londoners faced days of network shutdown and became frustrated with the unions and the argument. This played into the hands of then mayor Boris Johnson who wanted nothing more than to push through grand infrastructure changes in his name with the public on his side. TfL, who became the pawn in his master plan, and who probably given the circumstances would rather not have to open up the Tube overnight anyway, had to enforce working changes over their staff. Naturally they made a bit of hash of it and relations went sour in the process.
“We’ve got the technology for driverless trains – so sack them all.”
With the tired and disrupted public firmly on Boris’ side, I’ve found myself – as an enthusiast of such things – defending (or sometimes turning a blind eye to) highly negative comments regarding TfL’s front line staff – normally the drivers. In fact I still have to read these comments to this day, just have a look at last week’s Night Tube ride on my YouTube channel and you might see what I mean. I shall refer to these know-it-alls as “The Commentators” during this article.
So by next weekend the Night Tube will have seen more use than Roding Valley station sees in a year…
More than 100,000 journeys were completed by people using the Night Tube during its first weekend of operation, Transport for London says.
Source: First weekend of Night Tube has 100k users – BBC News