Assembly member troubleshoots for late-nighters

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Where’s the nearest night bus? That frequent question as an evening ends

THE NEWS that from this September 2015 many London Underground trains will run 24 hours, giving Londoners a choice between night Tube and night bus, will cheer clubbers and late workers.

For many northeast Londoners late journeys end by bus — Hackney has no Tube — so Transport for London’s promise of three new buses running seven nights a week is particularly welcome. Less welcome is that 17 others would run on Friday and Saturday nights only.

Trouble is, when largesse is dished out by politicians, especially one as ambitious as Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, newly elected MP and would-be Tory PM, there is often a minus.

At least one London Assembly member is watching out for that. Labour’s Jennette Arnold warns that though “there are no proposals to axe entire night bus routes, reductions are planned for 17 routes across London”.

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Safety watch: Jennette Arnold (supplied pic)

TfL admits the reductions will be made to routes where passengers are “more likely to use a night tube”. The transport operator, says Arnold, must therefore ensure that its changes “don’t leave passengers worse off”.

She also calls on TfL to provide real-time night bus information at those Tube stations planned to open 24 hours at weekends.

The assembly (Labour) member for North East adds: “It’s great to see that some new services will be running in, but with night buses providing a cheap and easy way to travel home from work at night, ideally, I’d want to see the service continued throughout the working week.”

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