West End Commission Report (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1720
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you support a one-hour extension of the Underground operation on Fridays and Saturdays? Please give your reasons.

Answer

Answer for West End Commission Report (3)

Answer for West End Commission Report (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, wholeheartedly. Now that the benefits of the continuing programme to renew and modernise the Tube are being realised, later running on Friday and Saturday nights is something that we can look at again. This could provide a real benefit to many of our customers and boost London's vibrant night-time economy.

TfL believes this could be achieved while maintaining the current opening hours and first trains on Saturday and Sunday morning, services which are also relied upon by many customers either travelling to work or to make connections with other transport services.

It remains the case that there is much renewal and maintenance work that needs to be done during the few night time engineering hours available - so there is clearly a balance to be struck between delivering the benefits of a later running Tube and ensuring that all the necessary improvement work can be completed.

An extension to operating hours on Friday and Saturday nights is being considered in this context, alongside the implications for staffing arrangements. This work is at an early stage and there is no imminent change. However, given the importance of this issue to London, I have asked TfL to make progress as soon as possible.