Night Tube to operate through east London from September 2015
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Taking the night bus home will be a thing of the past with a 24 hour Tube service launching in less than a year.
The first services are set to run in the early hours of September 12, 2015 - in time for those attending the Rugby World Cup matches in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to make it home.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, confirmed on Thursday that the service will run on Friday and Saturday nights, with six trains per hour on all Night Tube lines, with the exception of the Northern line, which will have eight an hour.
He said: “London is a bustling, 24-hour global city and by this time next year we’ll have a 24-hour Tube service to match.
“Running trains all through the night was once thought impossible, but with the huge investment we’ve put in and upgrades that have been delivered we stand ready to take the Tube to the next level.
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“As well as creating vital new jobs and giving a huge boost to our economy, the Night Tube will help millions of people to get around our city more easily and quickly.”
Not every station on the selection of lines - including the Jubilee and Central lines - will be open, but those travelling to and from Tower Hamlets will be able to use Mile End, Bethnal Green and Canary Wharf stations throughout the night.
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It is expected that the service will create around 2,000 permanent jobs and provide a £360m boost to the economy.
Managing director of London Underground, Mike Brown, added: “We are now less than a year away from the first ever 24-hour services operating on London Underground.
“Already over half a million Londoners use the Tube after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and the introduction of the Night Tube, which will cut journey times and open up new possibilities across the night time economy, is a historic step in our modernisation of the Underground.”