24 hour Tube for London 2012

Transport groups are discussing the possibility of a 24-hour Tube service in London for the 2012 Olympics, it has been revealed.

The London Evening Standard suggests that the games will carry ‘hundreds of thousands’ more commuters on the transport system which currently carries three million passengers every day. If the plans are approved, then event venues across the whole of London are likely to benefit.

The Olympics will run July 27th to August 12th, and there will be a need for some kind of additional transport plan in order for visitors to get around the capital. Transport for London (Tfl) and Olympic Delivery Authority took responsibility for all transportation programmes last month.

The Real Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Association are also involved in the talks but are yet to confirm or deny any proposals.

A TfL spokesman told the Press Association: “We are on track to deliver all transport improvements well ahead of the Games and are confident of supporting a fantastic London 2012 Games and keeping London moving. We are now drawing up our detailed transport plans for the Games. However, no decisions have yet been taken about the Tube’s hours of operation during 2012.”

Union bosses are expected negotiate pay rates with the TfL and London Mayor, Boris Johnson, about future deals.

In a press release last month, the Mayor vowed to keep London moving, and recognised the benefits the games are set to bring Londoners.

He said: “I am conscious that not only is this an unparallelled opportunity, but also that we have a responsibility to ensure London functions as smoothly and efficiently as possible during the Games for the great people who live, work and play here.”