Round-the-clock Tube services will be extended to include London Overground from 2017 as part of a wider government plan to put transport at the heart of infrastructure investment, it was announced today.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Mayor of London Boris Johnson said that weekend 24-hour services will begin on the London Overgound in 2017 and confirmed that Wi-Fi will be extended to all below-the-ground sections of the Tube by the end of the next Parliament.
Following an overnight visit to Victoria station, where the two spent time with maintenance workers who keep the Tube line running, Osborne said that “we live in a 24-hour city” and committed to invest £10bn to better the transport system.
The new 24/7 hour route will cover the East London Line with services from Dalston Junction or Highbury and Islington to New Cross Gate supporting the Shoreditch area.
Night-time services will also be expanded to the Metropolitan, Circle, District, and Hammersmith and City lines once Transport for London’s (TfL) ongoing modernisation programmes are completed, while the Docklands Light Rail will also offer 24-hour services from no later than 2021.
“As London’s population continues to grow, investments in infrastructure such as this will ensure that the capital remains competitive and the best big city to live in,” Johnson said.
From September this year passengers will be able to benefit from 24-hour services on the Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Jubilee and Central lines.
TfL is ordering 200 more new Routemasters this year and up to 800 new buses from 2016 onwards, contributing to the creation of new jobs in Northern Ireland and Scotland where 90 per cent of TfL’s buses are manufactured.