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Night Tube strike will inflict more harm on London business

London Underground drivers are considering three 24-hour strikes on 27 January and 15 and 17 February in a row over the proposed Night Tube.

The Aslef train drivers union will meet on Monday to consider the action.

David Leam, Infrastructure Director of London First, said:

“It beggars belief that unions are still preventing the 24-hour Tube, which the public strongly supports.

“No private business would give in to the excessive demands the union is making. The unions know that Transport for London is under financial pressure, and so the unions – whose members are already getting a good deal – need to grasp reality.

 “Right now, a strike will inflict harm on a whole range of businesses and individuals – from restaurants and retailers to the self-employed – who have nothing to do with the dispute, and who may find themselves seriously out of pocket.”

Economic benefits

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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