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Night Tube numbers beat expectations

Transport for London (TfL) says that its Night Tube service is exceeding forecasts, with 17m journeys made during its first two years of operation, compared to a forecast of 14m.

The economic benefit to London provided by the service is also said to be greater than expected, with Night Tube contributing an estimated £1.54bn to the capital city’s economy over the next 10 years, against a prediction of £1.38bn.

The findings are contained in a new study by London First and Ernst & Young, released on August 17.

Demand is growing for the service, with 8.7m passengers using it in the second year of operation, compared with 7.8m in 2016/17. The service is also supporting more than 3,900 jobs – an 8.5% rise. Night Tube is due to expand to the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines when their upgrade programme is completed in 2023.

Following the service’s success, TfL is considering whether to introduce a similar offering on the Docklands Light Railway when the next operating contract is let in 2021.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 21/08/2018 23:14

    Could other parts of the London Overground could introduce night services such as the North London Line, West London Line, East London Line, Gospel Oak-Barking Line, Lea Valley Lines and Euston-Watford Junction DC Line. Except no night service on the Romford-Upminster Line. And possibly London Overground could take over the West Ealing-Greenford Line.

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  • Noam BLEICHER - 22/08/2018 10:52

    Surprise surprise, a new rail service exceeds passenger expectations. Build it and they will come. Note all those who say HS2 will be a white elephant that no one will want to go on.

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