“Got to dash for the last Tube”: It’s the expression that has spelled the end to many a night out in London.
The closure of the London Underground at around 1am each night has meant early nights – and, sometimes, a convenient excuse to leave dull parties – for decades.
But no more.
Sadiq Khan, the new Mayor of London, on Monday announced that the long awaited – and long delayed – ‘Night Tube’ will start on August 19.
The 24-hour weekend-only service will start on the Central and Victoria lines, followed by the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern lines in autumn.
It’s the first time in history that the Tube will run for 24 hours a day, helping cut late-night journeys on sluggish night buses by an average of 20 minutes – and up to an hour.
The Mayor of London said the new weekend service will support 2,000 permanent jobs for Londoners, boosting the economy by £360m.
But union members have held strikes over the introduction of the all-night service, as well as expressing concerns over safety.
Click on the map below to see how the new Night Tube service will look.