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London Night Overground services to return in December

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Transport for London (TfL) has announced the Night Overground services will return in December in time for the festive season.

TfL originally suspended the services in March 2020 because of the pandemic.

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From December 17, the Night Overground services between Highbury & Islington and New Cross Gate will run every 15 minutes throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays.

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The operator says that the service will not only help people reach nightspots as winter celebrations get underway, but help over one million people who work at night in London.

The Night Overground services will complement the returning Night Tube from November 27. This will provide an interchange with the Victoria line at Highbury & Islington.

‘Huge boost’ for night-time economy

The use of London’s public transport network has returned to around 70 per cent of pre-pandemic levels and millions of Londoners are returning to the transport network.

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Rory O’Neill, TfL’s general manager of London Overground, said: “I’m pleased that the Night Overground will closely follow the return of the Night Tube and deliver a huge boost to the night-time economy and help our customers get around during the busy pre-Christmas period.

“An extra safe, green and affordable transport option for those working late or enjoying London at night will help ensure that London’s recovery is strong and sustainable.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am delighted we have managed to ensure that the Night Overground will be returning next month, linking up diverse and vibrant areas of London with all the nightlife they have to offer, just in time for the festive period.

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“Coming only a few weeks after the return of the Victoria and Central Night Tube lines, this is another important milestone as London’s vibrant night-time economy continues its recovery from the pandemic.

“I am determined to make the capital as safe as possible for all Londoners, especially women and girls, and the return of the Night Overground will make a huge difference to those who are travelling home late at night, offering another quick, easy and safe way for people to travel around the city.”

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