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The Tube: Coming in 2015 – A 24 Hour Tube Line – Well, on the Weekends at Least

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We’ve all been there in London. One of two situations happens:

  1. You get out of a late theatre show or concert, head to the nearest Tube station and learn that it’s closed for the night.
  2. You get up really early to be somewhere and discover the Tube doesn’t open until 5am or so.

The lesson learned is that, unlike other cities, London’s rail transport network is not open 24 hours. There are  lot of reasons for this – the major one being that since most of the network is over 100 years old, the only times suitable to maintain the network are when it’s closed in the middle of the night.

So, it was with great surprise that Transport for London announced yesterday that from 2015, they will start running a 24 hour Tube network.

Well, on 5 lines.

And only on Friday and Saturday.

But they say it’s just the start. They’re long term goal is to transition the entire network to running up to 24 hours. This is fantastic news!

The weekend “night tube” service will start on the Piccadilly, Victoria, Central and Jubilee lines, as well as key sections of the Northern line, from 2015. All stations will be staffed while services operate.

What’s going to take so long? They have to upgrade the network to be able to handle 24 hour service and it’s going to require new infrastructure and technology to make it feasible.

The bad news is that where Transport for London giveth, it also taketh. To help pay for this new system, they going close the remaining tickets offices located in stations, leading to job losses.

It’s safe to say that the ticket offices have been rather underutilized with the advent of the Oyster Card system, but it was always reassuring to be able to ask a member of staff for help. It’s a shame that you won’t be able to do that anymore.

So, tourists be warned, you had better know where you’re going. While there will still be helpful staff in stations, you will more than likely be on your own from now on.

Author: jonathan

Jonathan is a consummate Anglophile who launched Anglotopia.net in 2007 to channel his passion for Britain. Londontopia is its sister publication dedicated to everything London.

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  1. I a suggest you check at http://www.tfl.gov.uk to get the full story. There will actually be MORE staff in the busiest tourist stations once the ticket offices close, except they will be out with the customers in the ticket hall, not behind glass in an office. New ticket machines mean they will be able to sell every kind of ticket so there is no need to stick people in an office thus limiting their approachability.


    Regurgitation of newspaper scare stories does nothing to enhance the reputation of your blog…

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