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Sadiq Khan hints Night Tube could reopen in "next few weeks"

Thousands signed a petition to reopen the London Underground's nighttime service

  • Megan Townsend
  • 7 October 2021
Sadiq Khan hints Night Tube could reopen in "next few weeks"

Sadiq Khan has hinted that the Night Tube could be back in service "in the next few weeks" after thousands signed a petition to have it reopened.

When asked on LBC this morning about when Londoners, Khan said: “I am hoping to make an announcement in the next couple of weeks."

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“We have been trying to get it back, TfL have been working incredibly hard to bring it back.”

The Mayor of London has been under mounting pressure after a petition to reinstate the nighttime service on the London Underground garnered 75,000 signatures, as women look for safer ways to get home following the murders of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard.

Campaigners have said that the continued closure of the night tube is "unsafe" for women in London.

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"The rightful outcry at the recent murders of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard on London's streets epitomises the fear women face walking alone or standing on the streets" Ella Watson, who started the online petition told the I.

“In the UK and London women and girls are unsafe on the streets, especially at night.”

The Night Tube has been closed since the beginning of the pandemic, with TFL bosses revealing earlier this year that there were no plans to open it up again "until at least 2022."

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Sadiq Khan told LBC that he was aware that the Night Tube was a vital way for people to travel at night safely, but also a lifeline for London's nightclubs and venues

"I understand the importance of the Night Tube; not simply for women’s safety – a really important issue – additionally for the night time economy as well.”

The Mayor reiterated that busses were still running 24-hour services in London and that the tube was running until 1:AM and from 5:AM on weekends.

Minister for London Paul Scully told The Telegraph that the service needed to be reintroduced "ASAP."

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“A well-lit Night Tube with support from staff and the British Transport Police gives women a safe, rapid route home from events. [The reopening of the Night Tube] will create demand; improve safety and in turn support the recovery of London’s night time economy.”

[Via: inews]

Megan Townsend is Mixmag's Deputy Digital Editor, follow her on Twitter

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