London Adds Rail To 24-Hour Tube Network

2 March 2015

Words by AFP Relaxnews

London has announced plans to expand its all-night Tube service to much of London’s rail network including the Overground and Docklands Rail Railway.

After it was initially announced that the underground would offer 24-hour weekend trains on the Piccadilly, Victoria, Central, Jubilee and Northern lines in the autumn, London mayor Boris Johnson and chancellor George Osborne announced that night trains would also be extended to Metropolitan, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines.

Likewise, services will be expanded to the London Overground in 2017 and the Docklands Light Railway by 2021.

Commuters will also be able to access wifi underground.

The new developments are part of a six-point economic plan that centres on job creation, housing, culture and transport, including road repairs and increased bus and cycle lanes, amid projections the city’s population will grow from 7.3 million in 2011 to 10 million by 2030.

Across the channel, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo also said this month she wants to expand the city’s Metro service to 24-hours as part of a wide sweeping vision that aims to reduce choking pollution levels.

In addition to expanding public transport services, Hidalgo has developed ambitious plans to make Paris diesel-free by 2020, a strategy that involves banning diesel delivery trucks and buses this year; doubling the number of bike lanes; and the gradual phasing out of emissions-emitting cars circa 1997 and older.

Concerns of congestion and overcrowding have also spurred entrepreneurs in London to envision a new kind of infrastructure, one that taps into the potential of the city’s underbelly.

The London Underline, for instance, proposes transforming abandoned tunnels into a network of subterranean cycling and pedestrian paths, powered by a renewable energy system that would convert footsteps into electricity.

The weekend night Tube in London is to scheduled to start service September 12. 

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