The Night Tube opens this weekend

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LONDON – The opening of the Night Tube has been in the talks for a long time and now it is finally the time to see how this new service, offered by what is described as the best city underground in the world, will better this reputation. The Night Tube will officially open for the first time this Friday and Saturday, August 19th and 20th – it will be a 24h service available on weekends, and it will cover the Central and Victoria Lines, to which the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern will be added this autumn. In addition to this, some bus lines will also be available with a 24h service: 34, 123, 145, 158, 296, E1, W3 and W7.

railtechnologymagazine.com / Ian Nicholson
railtechnologymagazine.com / Ian Nicholson

As the opening approaches, excitement and worry travel at the same pace: the officer in charge of policing the London Underground announced that it is going to be a real “challenge” to keep London safe while the 24h service is on. The main focus, underlined by both Superintendent Horton (BTP) and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is indeed safety for Londoners and visitors: that’s why £3.4 million were invested to have about 100 BTP officers on patrol when the Night Tube launches. This opening will mark the start of a new exciting chapter for London: it will unlock the full potential of the nightlife and it will also be helpful for Londoners who travel to or from work. “Passengers on the night Tube must be able to travel with the same confidence they are used to during the day“, Khan stated.

The cost of a ticket for the Night Tube will be the same as a standard off-peak day ticket.

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