Later opening on the tube

MQT on 2011-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2011
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please give an update on the statement on page 5 of your election manifesto 'I want the tube to open for one hour later on Friday and Saturday nights, so Londoners can get home safely late at night'.


Answer for Later opening on the tube

Answer for Later opening on the tube

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Underground (LU) has looked at every possibility for implementing a slightly later running of the Tube on Friday and Saturday nights. However, the focus on delivering the massive programme of line upgrades (to provide much-needed additional capacity for London and replace ageing and unreliable assets) means that there is less scope to do this at this point. This is because of the need to maximise access to the railway during engineering hours for upgrade work and also because of the incremental timetable changes needed to both facilitate the upgrades and enhance capacity and reliability wherever possible in advance of the upgrades.

London Underground will continue to keep this under review in the longer term with a view to implementing it if appropriate in the future. Any change to the weekend operating hours would also require an agreement with the trades unions about changes in working hours.

Of course for the Olympic Games LU will temporarily be running an enhanced service, including later running of the Tube in the evenings. Upgrade work is being suspended during this time.