Tube to run until 2am from 2015, claims TfL

The Tube is set to run extended services until as late as 2am on Friday and Saturday evenings, reports independent.co.uk.

Starting from 2015, the new services follow the success of the Olympics Tube timetable when trains ran at least an hour later every night and managed to cope with record passenger numbers.

Thanks to the modernisation of the Victoria, Jubilee and Northern lines, extended hours have been made possible. Furthermore planned upgrades to the District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines will boost even more services.

The move is expected to help those working late as well as allowing Londoners to party for longer at weekends. In addition, it could benefit meeting venues as their event has the option of continuing long into the night.

Mike Brown, Transport for London (TfL) boss, commented on the change in schedule: “The Tube is the artery of London and we want to make the city’s heart beat strongly and later on into the night. It will be a real benefit for London’s night-time economy, either for people working late or enjoying themselves. If people want to buy that extra meal, cup of coffee or pint of beer, why wouldn’t we want to encourage that?

“Following the success of the Olympics and the historic records of reliability, there is a great opportunity to consider what more we could do with our hours – particularly late running on Fridays and Saturdays,” he added to londonlovesbusiness.com.