What celebrates its first birthday this weekend but can already boast that it’s generated £171 million? The answer is Transport for London’s (TfL) Night Tube service. Given its success, the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan has been quick to push out lots of statistics pointing to its success. But they do make encouraging reading.
The Night Service is due to run its eight millionth service this weekend. It’s estimated to have already boosted the capital’s economy by £171 million and is now supporting more than 3,600 jobs. More importantly, new figures released by TfL suggest that it will add £138 million to London’s economy every year over the next thirty years; a significant increase over the last forecast of £77 million a year.
On average, the Night Service carries 150,000 people each night made up of late night revelers, shift workers and visitors. Starting with just two lines, it now operates on the Central, Victoria, Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly routes, with more planned to open in the future. These include the Overground and the District and Circle.
Given the boost that the Night Service has given to the Capital’s bars, restaurants and clubs, it’s not surprising that the most popular stations are Leicester Square and Oxford Circus followed by Brixton, Liverpool Street and Stratford.
And so important is promoting London’s nightlife, that the Mayor has appointed a ‘Night Czar’. The current office holder is called Amy Lame. We suspect she was somewhat sleepy when she told the London Standard, “”The Night Tube has firmly established London’s position as one of the most vibrant cities in the world after dark”.