24-hour bus service gives more options for late night travellers

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TfL has announced eight new 24-hour bus services will come into force from tonight (19 August) to give people travelling in the early hours of the morning easy options to get home.

The new 24-hour bus services will run on Friday and Saturday nights and will complement the Night Tube.

The London Road Safety Council (LRSC) has welcomed the new service and hopes it will help discourage drink-driving.

Mark Bunting, LRSC’s press officer, said: “The LRSC welcomes news of these new services. This investment in night-time transport makes it so much easier for Londoners and our visitors to choose not to risk drinking and driving when enjoying a night out.”

The enhancements follow the introduction of seven new night bus services already made in anticipation of the introduction of the Night Tube.

The following bus routes will have 24-hour services for the first time:

  • 34 (Barnet Church to Walthamstow Central)
  • 123 (Ilford High Road to Wood Green)
  • 145 (Leytonstone to Dagenham)
  • 158 (Stratford to Chingford Mount)
  • 296 (Ilford Broadway to Romford)
  • E1 (Greenford Broadway to Ealing Broadway)
  • W3 (Finsbury Park to Northumberland Park)
  • W7 (Finsbury Park to Muswell Hill Broadway).

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, said: “The safety and security of Londoners is vital, and it’s why we’ve invested in new police officers on the Tube and it’s why we’re bringing in these new 24-hour bus services.

“The routes will go hand-in-hand with the Night Tube to help Londoners get to and from their front door throughout the night.

“It’s another key step in helping everyone travel quickly and safely at night, and another boost to unlocking the full potential of our night time economy.”

Mike Weston, TfL’s director of buses, said: “These additional 24-hour bus services will enhance our London-wide, night time bus network and complement the Night Tube, making it easier for our customers to get home in the early hours of the morning.

“This will enable customers to make the most of London at night and will in turn help to boost the Capital’s vibrant and growing night-time economy.”

19 August 2016

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