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|Mayor Plans Late-Night Tube Trains
- Consultation planned for shift in service timetable
TUBE trains could run later on Friday and Saturday nights, thanks to an initiative by London Mayor Ken Livingstone.
There is a catch, however. In order for essential maintenance work to be carried out, an extra hour on the night service would come at the cost of an hour lost in the morning, so that Friday night's Tube trains would stop running at 1.30 in the morning and start on Saturday at 6.30.
"We want Londoners to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of running the Tube later at the weekend and we want to hear their views before a final decision is made," said Livingstone.
It is not clear how those views will be sought, but there have already been surveys conducted which suggest the scales are tipped in favour of a late night, later morning service. It is estimated 140,000 passengers would take advantage of the later trains, while 55,000 travel in the current first hour of service. On the other hand, half of those early risers travel for work reasons, which should perhaps hold greater sway than those travelling after a night out on the booze.
Assuming the Mayor's plans got the thumbs up, late Tube trains could be running by 2007.