UK: Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced on February 20 that all-night weekend services are to be extended to London Underground’s sub-surface lines, part of London Overground’s East London Line and the Docklands Light Railway.
All-night services on Friday and Saturday nights are scheduled to begin on the Victoria, Jubilee, Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines from September this year under plans announced in 2013.
The latest announcement would see the four sub-surface lines (Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan) added once ‘ongoing modernisation programmes are completed’. In 2013 Transport for London terminated Bombardier’s contract to resignal the lines. It is currently in negotiations with Thales, with no firm target date set. However, TfL has said that it would like to stay as close as possible to the original deadline of the end of 2018.
Weekend services would run through the night between Highbury & Islington and New Cross Gate on London Overground’s East London Line from 2017 and on the DLR ‘no later than’ 2021.
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