London Overground restores night services in time for Christmas

The Night Overground will resume services next month, just in time for the Christmas party season.

TfL has announced that from Friday 17 December there will be Night Overground services between Highbury & Islington and New Cross Gate running every 15 minutes all night on Fridays and Saturdays.

These services will complement the recurring Night Tube, which provides an exchange with the Victoria line at Highbury & Islington. This, along with easy access to the Night Tube on the Central Line, via a walk between Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street stations, will open large parts of London and the city center for overnight train travel.

The London Underground will resume night travel on the Victoria and Central lines later this month, from Friday 26 November. The other Night Tube lines – the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines – will return to operation as soon as possible.

As London has begun to emerge from the pandemic, leisure travel outside peak periods has recovered faster than other types of travel, indicating that there is strong demand for services running out later in the night on weekends. The number of passengers at London Overground is around 71 per cent and weekends reach even higher.

The Tube network on weekdays now regularly sees more than 60 per cent of journeys compared to before the pandemic, but it has reached as high as 80 per cent on weekends, while the number of passengers on buses is regularly at 75 per cent of the pre-pandemic level.

Rory O’Neill, TfL’s General Manager for London Overground, said: “I am pleased that Night Overground will closely follow the return of Night Overground and deliver a huge boost to the night economy and help our customers get around during the busy pre-Christmas period. . ”

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