Following months of strikes and threatened industrial action by various unions across the capital, it has now been confirmed that the Night Tube will not launch this year.
The night-time service of the London Underground was due to be introduced by TfL in September, but after strikes and ongoing negotiations between unions, the project has been hit by continuous delays. The Press Association was told that final talks held this week ended without resolution – and no new commencement date has been given.
Finn Brennan, representing the train drivers union, Aslef, put a statement to the press, saying; “We have made it clear to London Underground that we want to keep talking and develop a solution that delivers night Tube while protecting and improving work life balance for our members. We have put forward a number of proposals to resolve this dispute in a way that is fair and benefits both sides. London Underground have rejected them all. Most disappointingly of all they have decided to blackmail their own employees by refusing to make a pay offer unless staff agree to worsen their working conditions. That is not something we are prepared to accept.”
The delay until next year will cost London’s businesses, restaurants and theatres tens of millions of pounds, along the five lines that would have been functioning – Jubilee, Piccadilly, Central, Northern and Victoria.
This further delay could prove a huge embarrassment for Transport for London (TfL) and Mayor Boris Johnson who was forecasting the night Tube would begin “in the autumn.”
Meanwhile, Londoners have been expressing their frustration on Twitter;
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Author Lex Barber