The Central and Victoria lines will run through the night on Fridays and Saturdays from November 27, it has been announced – but full service is still months away
The Night Tube will start operating again next month, Transport for London has announced.
But only two lines will operate, nearly two years since Covid-19 stopped trains after midnight.
Services on the Central and Victoria lines will operate through the night on Fridays and Saturdays from November 27.
Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the resumption of services to help protect women and girls.
With nearly 150,000 signatures, the petition calling for the imminent restoration of Night Tube services has achieved its goal.
It was set up following the deaths of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard, with a proposal for action to restore Night Tube’s services suspended this winter.
However, the Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Overground night services will only return next year.
Full services cannot start functioning until an agreement is reached between all transport unions and TfL on the hours, wages and conditions that will be in place.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: ‘The reason I was so keen to be the first mayor in London’s history to launch the Night Tube in 2016 and restart it now, after the Covid hiatus, is because I know how important it is. to London’s thriving nightlife economy.
“This is vital for the recovery of London and for the confidence and safety of all who return home at night, especially women and girls.
“I am determined to make our city as safe as possible for all Londoners.
“That’s why I’m delighted to see the return of the Victoria and Central Night Tube lines next month.
“It will make a huge difference for people traveling to our city at night and returning home, providing them with an additional safe and reliable transportation option. I will continue to work with TfL and the government to do everything possible to bring the full network back. Night Tube as soon as possible.
But the two-line return is “too little, too late,” say businesses and activists.
Simon Thomas, managing director of Leicester Square Hippodrome Casino, said it should have happened this summer.
He told the Evening Standard: “You wait for months for a nighttime hit to arrive and only half the service arrives.
“Business owners are working hourly to get the West End back on its feet and female travelers are demanding extra protection for their overnight commutes.
“It’s time to listen to the people who live and work in the West End and immediately restore full night tube service.”