Map for London Underground’s all-night service released
London Underground has finally unveiled the map for its upcoming all-night tube service which will be launched this September.
The all-night weekend services will began running on September 12th, operating at stations on the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.
Transport for London (TfL) claim that the Night Tube will inject £360m into London’s economy, create 2,000 new jobs and cut journey times by 20 minutes on average.
The Night Tube will run on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings.
However, the release of the map followsAslef union members’ decision to strike after rejecting a 0.75% pay rise, a £500 bonus and an extra £250 bonus for all workers for the night service.
After the move to strike was backed by 97% of Aslef members in a vote where the turnout was 81%, the union’s members will walk out for 24 hours from 9.30pm on 8 July.
Gareth Powell, director of strategy and service development for London Underground,told The Independent this move was a “historic step in our modernisation of the Underground”.
He said: “The Night Tube map shows our customers exactly when and where they can use this landmark service, which will make their late night journeys quicker and easier than ever before.
“As well making life easier for people, the Night Tube will also boost London’s night-time economy - supporting thousands of jobs and stimulating hundreds of millions of pounds in economic growth.”
However, Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s district organiser for the Tube, responded: “It’s easy enough to produce a map, but if London Underground management want to have an all-night service in September, then they need to sit down and negotiate a fair deal for the staff they expect to provide it.”
“Last week train drivers on London Underground voted by a record 97% to strike over London Underground’s refusal to negotiate on new rosters that would mean they could have to work an unlimited number of weekend and night shifts for no extra pay.
“ASLEF aren’t opposed to all night services, but they have to be introduced in a way that is fair and protects the work life balance of the hard working staff who have delivered the improved service that Underground management boast of.”
The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Rail Maritime & Transport Workers (RMT) are also holding strike ballots, with the results due towards the end of the month.
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