Night Tube comes to the Piccadilly line in time for the festive season
· Mayor fulfils pledge to have five Night Tube services up and running by the end of the year
· Night Czar Amy Lamé celebrates the launch with her first Night Surgery at venues along the line
· More than two million journeys have already been made on the Central, Victoria, Jubilee and Northern line Night Tube services, exceeding predictions
Night Tube services begin on the Piccadilly line tonight, fulfilling the commitment from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to have five lines up and running by the end of the year.
The Piccadilly line is the fifth line to join the Night Tube network, following the success of 24-hour weekend services on the Central, Victoria, Jubilee and Northern lines, which have already seen more than two million journeys.
This follows a series of delays under the previous Mayor, who was unable to launch the services.
By starting before Christmas, the Piccadilly line services will make night-time travel easier for shoppers and those out enjoying London’s nightlife during the festive season.
From tonight, Piccadilly line Night Tube services will run between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5, providing a boost to much of the Capital’s nightlife – from bars and restaurants in Kensington to music venues in Hammersmith and theatres and shops in the West End.
The services will also help Londoners working shifts to get to and from work, and make travel to the airport quicker and easier for those catching early morning weekend flights.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted that tonight we celebrate the launch of the Piccadilly line Night Tube services. I promised that five lines would be up and running by the end of the year, and I’m proud that we are delivering this fifth service in time for the festive season. With two million journeys made already, the Night Tube has surpassed our predictions and made a huge difference to the lives of so many Londoners. I look forward to exploring the option of rolling it out even further in the future to provide even greater support to our vital night-time economy.”
To celebrate the launch of the Piccadilly Night Tube, the Mayor’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé, will hit the streets on her very first Night Surgery. She will visit a number of venues along the Piccadilly Line, speaking to local businesses, police officers, TfL staff and passengers, councillors, night-time workers and members of the public.
During her Night Surgery, Amy will:
· visit the Green Rooms Hotel in Wood Green talking to hotel workers and resident artists
· travel to Finsbury Park to meet the British Transport Police
· talk to backstage staff, ushers and audience members at the Park Theatre
· go to Russell Square to meet students and staff at the School of Oriental and African Studies and visit their late-night library
· visit the West End, and MEET revellers on a walkabout from Leicester Square to Piccadilly Circus
· visit staff at the Odeon Cinema, a late-night McDonalds restaurant and night-time hotspot the Piccadilly Institute
· travel to Heathrow, Terminals 1, 2 & 3 to meet with airport and aviation workers
Amy Lamé, Night Czar said: “The launch of the Piccadilly Night Tube is another great step towards creating a 24-hour city. Now that London has the Night Tube on five lines, we need to maximise the economic and social impact of our growing night time economy while ensuring public safety and residents can get a good night’s sleep. I can’t wait to travel on the Piccadilly Line tonight and speak with Londoners to discuss their hopes and concerns for the night-time economy.”
The Night Tube services are already playing a key role in opening up London’s night-time economy, with the network predicted to provide a boost of £77m a year and supporting around 2,000 permanent jobs.
Mark Wild, London Underground’s Managing Director, said: “Night Tube has proven a huge success so far, making it much quicker and easier for our customers to travel at night. Now that all five lines are up and running, even more Tube customers can make the most of what London has to offer – especially during the festive season.”
Brian Bickell, CEO of Shaftesbury plc., said: "The expanding Night Tube network is already becoming a valued addition to London's 24-hour economy, further enhancing the city's global status. For the West End, the new services provide Londoners and visitors with much-improved travel flexibility to enjoy its unrivalled evening and late night attractions, bringing important economic benefits for the entire city."
Jonathan Newby, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Science Museum said: “With the Night Tube now operating on the Piccadilly line, we are thrilled that many more people will be able to enjoy the Science Museum after-hours, including our major new Robots exhibition which opens late on Friday nights from February 2017.”
Ralph Luck, Director of Real Estate at King’s College London, said: “King’s is recognised as one of the world’s leading universities for education and research so transport links are critical to our success. The 24-hour weekend links to Heathrow Terminal 5 and other key locations in the capital will be welcomed by many of our staff and students and will help support King's ambition to deliver world-class education and research successfully in London.”
Zuleika Fennell, Chief Operating Officer, Corbin & King, which owns restaurants including The Wolseley, Brasserie Zedel and The Beaumont, said: “The Night Tube has already greatly improved the lives of our staff, who generally live in Zones 4 to 6. They feel safer, are more rested and able to give better service to our customers at all our restaurants.”
Julian Bird, Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre, said: “The Piccadilly line runs through the heart of Theatreland and once it begins running for 24 hours at the weekend, will give our audiences the flexibility to explore the West End’s vibrant nightlife, making that trip to the theatre even more special. Moreover, the Night Tube has already proven to be a tremendous asset to the industry; helping our staff and performers get home in the quickest possible way, so it is fantastic that this initiative is being rolled out further.”
Patricia Bench, Hammersmith BID Director, said: “The arrival of the Night Tube on the Piccadilly line is going to have a big impact on the night-time economy in Hammersmith. People who come here to enjoy an evening at the Eventim Apollo or Lyric Hammersmith won’t have to rush off to make the last Tube; they’ll now have the option to stay a bit longer and make the most of OUR pubs and restaurants. The extension of the service will also help to increase connectivity to Heathrow Airport. As an area that has a lot of hotels, this will make it much easier for guests and staff to get here, making Hammersmith even more accessible.”
Notes to editors
·Night Tube services on the Piccadilly line will run on average every 10 minutes between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5. There will be no service on the Terminal 4 loop, or between Acton Town and Uxbridge.
·Demand for night-time travel is on the rise. Late night Tube usage is increasing at double the rate of daytime trips and demand for travel on night buses has risen by over 170 per cent since 2000.
·The Night Tube will mean Londoners and visitors to the Capital can travel on the following lines on Friday and Saturday nights and the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings:
*Central line: trains are running between Ealing Broadway and Loughton / Hainault
*Victoria line: trains are running on the entire line
*Jubilee line: trains are running on the entire line
*Northern line: trains are running from High Barnet and Edgware to Morden via the Charing Cross branch
*Piccadilly line: trains will run between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal five from tonight
·For Piccadilly line Night Tube images visit https://flic.kr/s/aHskNzQiRo
·New 24-hour bus services have been introduced on Friday and Saturday nights to complement the Night Tube. Route H32 buses will now run every 30 minutes throughout Friday and Saturday nights, connecting with the Piccadilly line at Hounslow West.
·Following the launch of services on the Piccadilly line, there are 89 Night Tube stations with taxi ranks. Details of all the locations can be found at https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/tube-improvements/what-we-are-doing/night-tube?cid=nighttube#on-this-page-6