For a year or so, the Night Tube in London has been a thing, giving twenty-four hour access to certain London Underground services during Friday and Saturday Nights.
Well, it seems London Overground (the “Heavy Rail” service) will also be joining the party from the 15th December.
The new service will operate between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction in East London, extending to Highbury & Islington in 2018.
For those who work in the early hours, or are partying – it’s another easy method of getting home.
London Overground has been operating for 10 years now, initially subsuming parts of the North London Line, the Watford DC Line and the upgraded East London Line. Since then, it London Overground has extended services into North East London, and created an Orbital railway around London.
In summary – it connects 23 boroughs of London during the day as well as southern Hertfordshire.
The night-time service will only cover a few of these in East London and South London – but also provide a link at Canada Water for the Night-Tube Jubilee Line. Services will not call at Whitechapel for now (as Crossrail work is still in progress). The extension to Highbury and Islington will allow connections with the Victoria Line too.
All stations on the Night Overground will staffed at all times, and trains are fitted with CCTV, modern lighting and help points.
Transport for London has released a guide to the new service at https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/london-overground/london-overground-night-service?cid=night-overground
As the commercial reality of London being a twenty-four hour city, a matched transport system must appear to support it. So far, that lift has been done by night buses, and from last year, Night Underground.
Seeing the Night Overground commencing services will help those who are partying late into the night – and can get home without an expensive taxi. For those who work in the weekend – it’ll be a welcome link without having to rely on the bus before and after work.
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