London’s popular Night Tube services could be joined by all-night services on parts of the Crossrail route, Transport bosses have confirmed.
Friday and Saturday night services are already running on the London Underground’s Victoria and Jubilee lines, most of the Central and Northern lines and, from December 16th, will run on the Piccadilly line. The service has been popular with many Londoners who are now able to get home speedily and safely after a night out.
More Londoners are set to benefit with the introduction of night services on the London Overground which, along with services on New Year’s Eve and Boxing Day, are expected to launch within the next few years. Plans for the expanded service are contained in Transport for London’s concession agreement with new Overground operator Arriva which was signed last year.
Now a report due to be presented to TfL’s Programmes and Investment Committee this week confirms that night services could also come to Crossrail.
Daily services are currently scheduled to start at 05.30 with the last trains departing at 00.30. However the report confirms that “consideration is being given to future night services”.
Any night service would have to wait until the full Crossrail route opens in 2019 and the report cautions it “would require significant changes to maintenance practices on the surface sections of the route, where Network Rail practice is to undertake major maintenance work overnight at weekends.”
If the service does get the go-ahead it could potentially play a big part in supporting the capital’s night time economy by making it easier for more people to get home after enjoying a night out in central London.