Night Tube to reopen after 20 months

Central and Victoria line services will start running on Friday and Saturday nights from November 27th, 20 months after night services were shut down over COVID in March 2020.

Transport for London says it also plans to get the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern lines back to running 24/7 “as soon as possible”.

It comes in the wake of a petition signed by almost 140,000 people to reopen the Night Tube for women’s safety after the killings of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard.

Transport for London said the delay to the reopening of services was due to a shortage of drivers because of a backlog in training new recruits.

TfL also revealed that "off-peak leisure travel" was bouncing back faster than other journeys, with weekday use of the Tube at just 55% of pre-COVID levels but weekend travel reaching as much as 80%.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who is also the chair of TfL, said: "The reason why I was so keen to be the first Mayor in London's history to start the night Tube in 2016 and to restart it now, after the COVID pause, is because I know how important this is to London's thriving night-time economy, to London's recovery and to the confidence and safety of everyone travelling home at night, particularly women and girls.

"I am determined to make our city as safe as possible for all Londoners.”