Following mass speculation caused by ongoing staff union industrial action, TfL have confirmed that the all-night service for the London Underground will be delayed from it’s original launch date of 12th September.
The continuing disagreements between unions representing rail staff have meant that services on the Underground have been suspended on numerous occasions for strike action over the last few months. It’s understood that whilst the overnight service is technically ready to go, London Underground want to resolve the pay and conditions issues that have been causing the contention.
This week saw two 24hr walk-outs be postponed by unions and scheduled for the beginning of September.
TfL have yet to announce a new launch date for the overnight service, which will run across the Jubilee, Victoria, Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines.
Managing Director for London Underground, Nick Brown said: “Further to the progress made in recent days with the trade unions and the suspension of strike action, we believe we are not far from an agreement that protects the work-life balance of our employees and is affordable, sustainable and fair. As such, we have decided to defer the introduction of Night Tube to allow more time for those talks to conclude. Our objective is to reach an agreement that ends this dispute and delivers the Night Tube for Londoners this autumn”.
London Mayor Boris Johnson added; “As I’ve previously made clear, I’m not interested in a staring match over 12 September and I want to see night Tube introduced this autumn”.
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Author Lex Barber