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Shift workers and revellers will be able to travel with ease tonight, as the first Night Tubes roll onto the London Underground, adding great benefits to the London economy.

Three years after it was initially announced, the Night Tube will add a host of new opportunities to London’s night-time economy, including 500,000 new jobs, said Transport for London (TfL).

TfL also expect the service to create 500,000 jobs and add £6.4 billion to the London economy by 2030.

The demand for night tubes have “soared” over recent years, with passenger numbers on Friday and Saturday night up by 70% since 2000.

Mark Wild, managing director of the London Underground predicted around 100,000 people will use the service due to its high demand.

The Night Tube will mean 24-hour weekend services on Fridays and Saturdays, running every 10 minutes on the Victoria and Central line between White City and Leytonstone and on the Piccadilly line between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "The Night Tube is absolutely vital to my plans to support and grow London's night time economy - creating more jobs and opportunities for all Londoners”.

It will be a huge benefit to late night workers and revellers who currently reply on buses and minicabs to get to outer London.

London’s Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown, said: “More than half a million people use the Tube after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and the introduction of the Night Tube, which will support London's businesses and jobs, is a historic step in our modernisation of the Underground and our work to support London’s economic growth."

The decision to launch the night train was met with dismay from unions when it was announced in November 2013, and earlier this year maintenance and engineering workers voted to go on strike in a dispute linked to the proposal.