Night Tube (1)

MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Although my constituents will not benefit directly from the launch of the Night Tube, by taking the Tube to Morden or Brixton and then switching to a bus they will be able to reduce their journeys considerably in comparison to travelling by bus from Trafalgar Square. What changes to the night bus network will TfL make to accommodate those who take the Tube as far as they can and then switch to a night bus?


Answer for Night Tube (1)

Answer for Night Tube (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Thanks, Steve.  Yes, an extremely good and quite farsighted question about the night Tube.  The night Tube will be a wonderful thing and you are looking ahead and thinking if it will lead to a reduction in night bus services.


The answer is that actually we think it will make life much easier for people, particularly in your part of town, in the sense that we will make sure we integrate the night Tube with the night buses so that there is a seamless service.  If you take the night Tube south to the nearest point to Croydon or wherever, there will then be a bus that picks you up and takes you to wherever you need to go.  We are looking now at proper integration of the night Tube and the night buses but I cannot give you details yet, Steve, of how they will be dovetailed. 


Steve O’Connell (AM):  Thank you, Mr Mayor.  We certainly do welcome the introduction of the night Tube, albeit on limited lines, and it is important for the people of south London - who often can be disadvantaged from their brothers in zones 1, 2 and 3 - to ensure that this night Tube innovation does actually benefit people in Croydon and Sutton and Bromley.


Mr Mayor, are you confirming, therefore, that you have asked TfL to in essence revisit the night bus service with a view to perhaps increase the facility?  If that is the case, then that is to be welcomed.  Also, however, I would urge you to ask TfL to review the taxi ranks at those particular stations ‑‑


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Yes, we are doing both. 


Steve O’Connell (AM):  -- which I believe are Morden and Brixton.  They are the two we are talking about.  When people coming home and there is not a night bus there, they will be able to get themselves back via a taxi rank.  What are your thoughts around that, Mr Mayor? 


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Yes, we are looking at both those things and we are looking particularly at how the 93 and N44 connect with the Northern line in Sutton - on the buses, that is - and how the 250 and the N109 with the Victoria line and the 264 and the N68 to the Northern line in Croydon.  We are trying to work out how we can best deploy those buses so as to be most useful to passengers who want to make use of the night Tube on those nights when it is running.  Yes, indeed, we are reviewing taxi ranks near Tube stations and where we think there is potentially a need for a new taxi rank we will prioritise that and begin discussions with the relevant borough to find a suitable location for a new taxi rank. 


Steve O’Connell (AM):  I bow to my colleagues on the Transport Committee who have obviously been urging for that for some considerable time.  Far be it for me to take all the benefit for this or any at all, I hasten to add.


My last point is slightly more far-reaching.  Clearly, on train services the Overground is a great success and has proven to be such.  In the spirit of getting people home overnight to the far reaches of West Croydon and elsewhere, could I ask that you ask TfL at some stage to look at the potential of increasing the lateness of the service of the Overground, working towards in some future point a night service on potentially the Overground?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  A night service on the Overground? 


Steve O’Connell (AM):  Yes.  How about that? 


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  We will look at it.  It would not have been possible with Labour’s plans for the TfL budget, but it may be that we can do it.  We will look at it. 


Steve O’Connell (AM):  Like I said ‑‑


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I do not know.  I do not want to make any promises at all because it may just be completely undoable.  I will look at it. 


Steve O’Connell (AM):  I would like to put it on the mayoral radar.  Thank you very much, Mr Mayor.