London’s Night Tube will partially return in November and people have taken to social media to respond to the news.
Transport for London (TfL) and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said services on the Central and Victoria lines will run through the night on Fridays and Saturdays from Saturday 27 November after it was suspended in March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
NEW: Many Londoners have asked when the Night Tube is coming back. Today I'm delighted to confirm that, after a sig… https://t.co/z4KgsBel2f
— Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (@Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan)
Khan said: “The reason why I was so keen to be the first mayor in London’s history to start the Night Tube in 2016, and to restart it now, after the Covid pause, is because I know how important this is to London’s thriving night-time economy, to London’s recovery and to the confidence and safety of everyone travelling home at night, particularly women and girls.
“I am determined to make our city as safe as possible for all Londoners.
“That’s why I’m delighted to see the return of the Victoria and Central Night Tube lines next month, which will make a huge difference to people travelling around our city at night and making their way home, offering them an additional safe, reliable transport option.
IT'S BACK!!! @tfl Night Tube services will return to the Central and Victoria lines from 27 November 🌟👏🏾🌟… https://t.co/JDyhL1JE1y
— Night Czar (london.gov.uk/coronavirus) (@Night Czar (london.gov.uk/coronavirus))
Women who travel at night for work or to enjoy London’s nightlife will welcome this announcement from @SadiqKhan.… https://t.co/IKTQ8X6Aft
— Marsha de Cordova MP (@Marsha de Cordova MP)
Women and girls deserve to feel safe in our city - and the return of the Victoria/Central line night tube will be a… https://t.co/4uceEhNLM5
— Dr Rosena Allin-Khan 💙 (@Dr Rosena Allin-Khan 💙)
Jace Tyrrell, chief executive at business group New West End Company, said: “West End businesses absolutely welcome the news that the Night Tube is returning, particularly ahead of our busy festive season when many businesses have later opening hours and we see a greater number of visitors at all hours across London.
“The safety of our customers and 150,000 colleagues is of paramount importance, and the Night Tube offers a much missed alternative for travelling around London safely.
“We hope that the reopening of the network will give Londoners confidence to travel around the capital in a safe, low-crime environment.”
But others said the service should return sooner than November:
@rachaelvenables @LBC No doubt this will be a safe(r) travel option, but why wait another six weeks to reopen it?… https://t.co/6XOC5NCWsC
Mick Lynch, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), raised concerns about staff and said it is vital that TfL reaches an agreement with union reps on rosters which “don’t leave staff burnt out and exposed to intolerable pressures”.
He added: “We warned months ago that slashing 200 Night Tube train driver positions would create a staffing nightmare and London Underground need to start facing up to that reality.”
Lynch also claimed that prior to its suspension, the Night Tube was “a magnet for violent, abusive and anti-social behaviour”.