Night Tube will be introduced line by line
London Underground’s long-awaited new night Tube is pencilled in to be launched in August, sources have revealed.
Transport for London has not officially named dates for the delayed service to finally start, but the Press Association understands that plans have been drawn up to roll it out line by line.
It is believed that passengers will be able to travel through the night on Fridays and Saturdays on the Victoria and Jubilee Lines in August and then on the Central, Northern and Piccadilly Lines in September.
The breakthrough has followed acceptance of a pay deal by members of the two biggest Tube unions – Aslef and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union.
The Transport Salaried Staffs Association and Unite have yet to accept the deal, but it is understood that TfL is pressing ahead with starting the night Tube in August.
Part-time Tube drivers are currently being trained to deliver the new service, and are expected to be ready for duty by the summer.
Finn Brennan, Aslef’s organiser on London Underground was quoted as saying that the new drivers were joining up together as they saw the benefits of having a strong trade union for protecting pay and working conditions. The union is believed to have negotiated the same benefits as existing drivers and will be able to move to full-time roles if they choose to, for the part time drivers.
Aslef maintains it is the negotiations which delayed the Night Tube. The night Tube was due to start on five lines at weekends last September.