Economic case for night tube

MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The TfL-commissioned report 'Impact of the Night Tube on London's Night-Time Economy' draws conclusions based on data from a Bus Survey Analytical Report completed eight years ago, and relies on data on taxi and private hire use that pre-dates recent significant changes in that sector. Given that introducing the night tube has proven harder than you expected, shouldn't you commission new research using current data so that any assertions made about the importance of all night running is supported by evidence?


Answer for Economic case for night tube

Answer for Economic case for night tube

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The primary evidence supporting Night Tube is the growth in late night and overnight travel.  This data is continually collected by TfL, mainly by taps by Oyster and contactless payment cards.  The Bus User Survey provided some background on why people travel overnight (itself a tiny fraction of data within the Survey), and the Survey was updated in 2014. 

It is not possible to collect the same data on taxi and private hire trips that TfL collects for buses and the Tube as taxi and private hire drivers are not employed by TfL, and while TfL regulates the services, licensees do not provide details of the trips they carry out each day. However, new research has been carried out to estimate the size of the taxi and private hire market in the capital. The field work was undertaken at the end of 2015 and the results are now being analysed.