The Night Tube Has Been Delayed But Night Bus Cuts May Still Go Ahead
The Debrief: The 24 hour tube has been delayed for now - but we don't know what this means for plans to cut night bus services...
The long-awaited, much-anticipated and widely-celebrated 24 hour tube has been suspended, and yet cuts to night bus services may still go ahead, leaving many Londoners with little choice on how to get around the city.
Transport for London said it still hoped to launch the night tube this autumn and yet trade unions and tube bosses are still in dispute over how a 24 hour service can be staffed.
Liberal Democrat Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon is quoted in the Evening Standard as saying, ‘It would be totally wrong if any night bus routes see a cut in their weekend service before the start of the Night Tube,’ and yet there still are plans to reduce the number of night buses covering the West End.
The London Underground, Nick Brown, has said in a TfL press release that: 'Further to the progress made in recent days with the trade unions and the suspension of strike action, we believe we are not far from an agreement that protects the work-life balance of our employees and is affordable, sustainable and fair.’
However, the RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash is quoted in the Guardian saying that: “We warned repeatedly that it would be dangerous and foolish to press ahead with bodged night tube plans until the very basics in terms of staffing and safety had been agreed with the unions through the long-established frameworks.’
The night tube is planned to run on Friday and Saturday nights, and the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings on:
Central line: trains will run between Ealing Broadway and Loughton / Hainault
Jubilee line: trains will run on the entire line
Northern line: trains will run on the entire line except on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches
Piccadilly line: trains will run between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5
Victoria line: trains will run on the entire line
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