22 AUGUST 2016
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London Underground trains on the Victoria and Central lines began running all night on Friday as the Night Tube was finally launched. The service on the two lines will operate between 00:30 BST and 05:30 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Strikes over pay and conditions delayed the service for almost a year but London Underground says it now expects 50,000 people to use the Night Tube each weekend, rising to 200,000 once the Piccadilly line – which serves Heathrow – plus the Jubilee and Northern lines join the service this autumn.
Trains are running every 10min on the full Victoria line and on the Central line between White City and Leytonstone every 20min, with inbound and outbound connections at these two points.
The Metropolitan, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City lines are scheduled to begin all-night running after they are modernised, while parts of the London Overground will be added in 2017 and the Docklands Light Railway by 2021.
London mayor Sadiq Khan joined passengers on the first Victoria line service from Brixton in the early hours of Saturday.
He told the BBC: “"You can feel the buzz, you can feel the vibe. People are really excited.”
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