By Phil Marsh

London’s Night Tubes start - a year late but 50,000 journeys completed on London's first Night Tube services

Published: 21st August 2016

Inaugural all-night tube services commence on Central and Victoria lines forecast to boost London’s

The prospect of all-night tube services started three years ago when it was recognised that London is a 24/7 city. No longer do passengers just wish to travel over an 18 hour timespan every day but round the clock at weekends in particular. And with main line trains running earlier in the morning and later into the night, onwards connections were needed.

With increasing shift work and growing numbers of tourists, city workers need to be able to get to work whatever their shift pattern. These night services were announced as starting a year ago but Union resistance and recruitment for the extra shifts proved a difficult set of tasks to overcome.

These first nocturnal services carried over 50,000 passengers on the Central and Victoria lines with 6,500 passengers travelling from Oxford Circus and 4,250 got off at Stratford. The services were launched by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in the early hours when he travelled from Brixton on the first Victoria Line Night Tube.

They Said:

Sadiq Khan said: “It’s wonderful that so many thousands of Londoners were able to benefit from a faster and simpler journey home overnight. The Night Tube is going to provide a huge boost to our capital and very clearly demonstrates that London is open. It was a real pleasure for me to see first-hand how workers and those who had been out enjoying everything our city has to offer could take advantage of this fantastic new service.”

Mark Wild, London Underground’s Managing Director, said: “Night Tube got off to a superb start last night with thousands of people making use of the new services. I was out on the network myself last night seeing our staff and British Transport Police officers helping customers travel around the Capital safely.”

Transport for London said that Night Tube services will cut late-night journey times by an average of 20 minutes, and in some cases by more than hour when compared to the London night bus network.

Nocturnal demand

Weekend underground demand has risen by around 70 per cent since 2000 and demand for night buses rose by over 170 per cent in the same period with half of bus passengers travelling to or from work. The Night Tube has been estimated to support 2000 permanent overnight jobs in London’s economy which will be boosted by around £77million a year.

Over 500 of these jobs have been created directly by the service following a recruitment drive for new part-time drivers, station staff, maintenance workers and service control staff employed as well as new British Transport Police officers patrolling the network.

Because of recruitment issues, former tube staff were asked if they would return to work for weekend night services at over £20,000 a year.

What’s running then?

Initially there will be six trains per hour through central London between 0030hrs and 0530hrs. London’s Mayor is contributing up to £3.4 million towards policing for the Night Tube with around 100 officers out overnight. Trains run overnight on Friday and Saturday nights and the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings as follows when the full service is operating by Autumn.

Central line: trains will run between Ealing Broadway and Loughton / Hainault

Victoria line: trains will run on the entire line

Jubilee line: trains will run on the entire line

Northern line: trains will run on the entire line except on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches

Piccadilly line: trains will run between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5

And what about connections?

Eight new 24-hour bus services have been introduced to connect with Night Tube services. These are as follows:

• 34 (Barnet Church to Walthamstow Central)

• 123 (Ilford High Road to Wood Green)

• 145 (Leytonstone to Dagenham)

• 158 (Stratford to Chingford Mount)

• 296 (Ilford Broadway to Romford)

• E1 (Greenford Broadway to Ealing Broadway)

• W3 (Finsbury Park to Northumberland Park)

• W7 (Finsbury Park to Muswell Hill Broadway).

These will run at 30 minute intervals on Friday and Saturday nights with the W7, which will run every 20 minutes.

Planning your journey

Transport for London (TfL) has updated its web based travel planner to include the new services. The information is available without cost at: and is part of TfL’s commitment to make real-time travel information openly available to help developers create better products and services for customers.

Night Tube service information will also be available on TfL’s in-station digital customer information boards and through the Journey Planner on the TfL website.

External Links

Liverpool street station in the UK at rush hour

Help and advice with train travel in the UK

Train travel in the UK should be a pleasure, not a headache. So if you’re taking a train on the UK railway, start your journey here. We’ve lots of hints, tips and advice to help you find your way around, travel smoothly and arrive in style by train.

Read more

eurostars passing at 375mph from the drivers seat in france


Welcome to our #railchat page. Our #railchat discussions take place over on Twitter, with our resident expert Phil Marsh. If you would like to get involved, please do join us, and use the dedicated hashtag #railchat. See our previous discussions below:

Read more

Old steam train in Shanty Town Museum

Locomotives & Engines

Our rail network would be nothing without them. From Stephenson's Rocket to British Rail Class 92 and beyond, explore the facts, information and anecdotes behind the steam, diesel and electric locomotives that built the age of the train.

Read more


Latest Tweets


Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh to London Kings Cross by Train

Book in advance with and save 85% advanced bookings.

From £21.00

Buy now

Millenium Dome, London

Birmingham New Street to London Euston by Train

Book in advance with and save 92% on advance bookings.

From £6

Buy now

You may also like...



Follow us on Twitter and become part of our rail community! is the easy way to buy cheap train tickets online.



Control your business fuel costs with a supermarket fuel card – free to apply, no ongoing account charges and no monthly minimum spend.