By Jonathan Davies
The first 24 hour Tube services on weekends will run from 12 September 2015, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced.
Transport for London (TfL) said it would cut journeys by 20 minutes. Six trains will run every hour on the Jubilee and Victoria lines, with trains stopping at most stations on the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines.
The Northern Line will run eight trains an hour to meet demand between Leicester Square and Camden Town.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "London is a bustling, 24-hour global city and by this time next year we'll have a 24-hour Tube service to match.
"As well as creating vital new jobs and giving a huge boost to our economy, the Night Tube will help millions of people to get around our city more easily and quickly."
Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, said: "The new service will boost jobs and will benefit the economy by hundreds of millions of pounds."
But the plans have met some strong opposition from the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "This proposal is now being bulldozed through without any proper risk assessment or agreement on core issues.
"To make this plan work we need more tube staff not less if we are not going to be risking disaster at three o'clock in the morning when the West End is flooded with thousands of people fresh out of the pubs and clubs.
"As it stands at the moment the night tube plans are not properly thought through and are a disaster waiting to happen."
What do London businesses say?
It seems like businesses based in London are in favour of 24hr tube services on the weekend.
Mark Pearson, founder of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, said: "As the world’s number 1 city, it’s only fitting that the public transport system can support the needs of its inhabitants! As a city famed for its night life, all night public transport will enable more businesses to stay open later and provide a boost to the economy.
"A rising tide lifts all boats! As a company that provides offers and vouchers for some of London’s top attractions, we are happy to support any initiative that will save consumers money on late night taxis home and keep them having fun in the city!”
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