Party animals, night-shift workers and insomniacs rejoice – in just over two months, Transport for London will begin its much-anticipated night Tube service, and have now revealed which stations will stay open.
The new system, which will begin in the early hours of September 12, will see trains run through the night on Fridays and Saturdays. Five stations in Southwark will feature on the reduced night network.
Kennington on the Northern Line, and Southwark, London Bridge, Bermondsey and Canada Water on the Jubilee Line, will all stay open, with thousands of local residents set to benefit.
However, while trains will run through the night they will not be as regular as the daytime service. Trains will leave Kennington every eight minutes, and Jubilee Line stations every ten minutes.
The new service will cut night-time journeys across the capital by an average of 20 minutes, and is expected to boost the economy by £360m.
Passengers will be charged standard off-peak fares and the British Transport Police will provide 100 officers to help assist the late-night crowds.
Southwark stations on the Bank branch of the Northern Line, however, as well as the East London Line, will not be served under the new system.
This means that anyone waiting for a train at Borough, Elephant and Castle, Peckham Rye, Queen’s Road Peckham and Denmark Hill will be waiting for a long time – until dawn, in fact (or, if you’re very patient, until 2017 when an expanded night-time service may be introduced.)
Gareth Powell, London Underground’s Director of Strategy & Service Development, said: “As well making life easier for people, the Night Tube will also boost London’s night-time economy – supporting thousands of jobs and stimulating hundreds of millions of pounds in economic growth.”