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London First responds to Night Tube delay

London Underground has decided to defer the launch of the Night Tube, originally planned for 12 September, in an effort to reach an agreement with unions on rosters.

Responding to the announcement, David Leam, Infrastructure Director at London First, said:

“This is disappointing for businesses, but if it gives London Underground and the unions time to come up with a long-term deal it will be worth it.

“When it comes to negotiation, unions need to make no mistake: it’s high time we have a transport system that means London is truly a 24/7 city, as places like New York have been for years.

“Workers and businesses are fed up with the unions’ unconstructive approach and we would urge unions now to show a similar pragmatism as management has.”

research into the economic benefits of the Night Tube, commissioned by London First and Transport for London, from Volterra, which found the new service will boost jobs and help maintain London’s status as a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and visit.

The research found:

  • Around 1,965 permanent jobs will be supported by the Night Tube – 265 through direct operation of the service and 1,700 indirectly in the night-time economy
  • The net additional output produced as a result equates to an additional £360m over 30 years
  • Time savings will be on average 20 minutes, but up to an hour will be saved on some routes
  • The standard business case shows that for each £1 spent on delivering the Night Tube, benefits will be £2.70
  • Adding in wider economic impacts increases this benefit by £1.20 for every pound spent

There are also further ‘unquantifiable benefits’, including:

  • Improved commuter journeys for many people who work during the night-time in central London but live further out
  • Potential for longer operating hours for bars, clubs, restaurants, bowling alleys, cinemas, museums, art galleries and attractions
  • Reduced demand for illegal minicabs, thus improved safety in taxis at night

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