The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hailed the huge success of the Night Tube after economic and passenger numbers for the first year far exceeded predictions.
Figures released to mark the service’s one-year anniversary this weekend show that the Night Tube has had nearly eight million journeys, boosted London’s economy by £171m in its first year alone and is supporting more than 3,600 jobs.
New research by London First and EY has also predicted that the Night Tube will be even more beneficial to the economy than previously forecast, with latest estimates indicating that over the next 30 years it will add £138m of value to London’s economy every year. This is significantly more than the £77m a year previously forecast.
The Night Tube has proved extremely popular with Londoners and visitors to the capital, with the eight millionth journey expected to take place this weekend – exceeding predictions by around 15 per cent.
It has helped millions get to work or get home at night quickly, safely and affordably. It has also cut late-night journey times by an average of 20 minutes and, in some cases, by up to an hour.
Some of the most popular Night Tube stations with late-night travellers have been central London destinations like Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road, as well as Brixton, Liverpool Street and Stratford.