From 2015, London will offer a 24-hour Tube service at weekends allowing tourists, residents and visitors to the capital to travel around at all times of the day and night.
The new ’Night Tube’ network, which brings the city into line with other capitals such as New York and Berlin, has been made possible due to significant parts of the London Underground network being modernised. It is hoped the new Tube service will support the city’s vibrant night-time economy and boost businesses, jobs and leisure opportunities.
From 2015, weekend services will run through the night on core parts of the system – initially comprised of the Piccadilly, Victoria, Central and Jubilee Lines and key sections of the Northern Line.
This network, which will be expanded to include other lines in subsequent years, will dovetail with existing 24-hour and Night Bus services to give passengers an extensive and integrated service throughout the night.
“This is fantastic news for London’s night-time economy and the capital’s residents and visitors,” says Director of Consumer Marketing and Digital Channels at London & Partners, Julie Chappell. “London is the world’s best big city with the best nightlife. There are 8,000 restaurants, 4,500 bars and clubs, and 200 theatres and more live music events than any other city in the world – so those people out enjoying what the capital has to offer deserve to have a 24-hour London Underground system at the weekend.”
In related news, it has been reported that London’s tourism industry is set to increase over the next 12 years with high-spending foreign nationals pumping billions into the capital’s economy. A study, commissioned by Visit Britain, estimates the sector will grow from a value of £36bn this year to £77.4bn in 2025.
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