• Night services on London Overground launched 15 December 2017
  • 250,000 journeys have been made during the early hours of Saturday and Sundays (00:25 – 06:45) since launch
  • Night services to call at Whitechapel for the first time, completing the full Highbury & Islington to New Cross Gate route

This weekend the London Overground is celebrating its first anniversary of night services, with it proving to be a popular and safe way for many Londoners wanting to make the most of vibrant east London and Islington nightlife at the weekend.

Demand for Transport for London’s (TfL) Night Overground has steadily grown since its launch on 15 December 2017 with 250,000 journeys made along the Highbury & Islington to New Cross Gate route in the first year. This matches original forecasts and is helping to support the booming night time economy including the many restaurants, bars, theatres, and cinemas in this part of London. From this weekend, Night Overground services will also start to serve Whitechapel station for the very first time.

Customer safety and security remains a priority on the Night Overground with only ten, mainly low level, reported crimes in the first year. All stations along the route are staffed at all times while trains are running, with CCTV, modern lighting and Help Points available across the network to assist customers as required.

Amy Lamé, London’s Night Czar, said: “The Night Overground has provided a big boost to east London’s diverse life at night. Its success enables London to thrive as a 24-hour city, by helping people get to work safely and quickly, enjoy a night out in a pub, or flexibility to shop after an evening shift. I’m really pleased that the Night Overground will now stop at Whitechapel from this weekend, thanks to the hard work of staff who keep the line running – extending many cultural and economic benefits to businesses and residents in the area.”

Rory O’Neil, TfL’s General Manager of London Overground, said: “Night Overground has got off to a fantastic start with 250,000 journeys made in the first year. Being able to support the vibrant night time economy in east London and provide safe and fast journeys home for shift workers who live or work in this area is a huge bonus.

“This weekend sees Night Overground services stop at Whitechapel for the first time, providing local residents and businesses easier 24-hour public transport access at the weekend.”

Will Rogers, Managing Director of Arrival Rail London, said: “As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Night Overground, we would like to recognise the integral part our employees have played in making the service a true success, helping to bring the vision of a 24-hour city to life. Over the past year, they have welcomed hundreds and thousands of passengers overnight to our stations and on our trains and are the real reason our passengers travel both safely and on time.”

Sarah Nelson, Programme Director at Old Street Partnership, said: “Within the first year of operation, the Night Overground has added a fantastic benefit to the residents, workers and visitors to the Old Street and surrounding area. The feedback from businesses has been incredibly positive, giving the option to have a safer and faster journey for all those either working late or staying to enjoy the vibrant night time and leisure economy. It has been a real asset for the area.”

David Lutton, Executive Director, Economy and Tax, at London First, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many safe and successful journeys have taken place on the Night Overground in its first year of service in the capital. Alongside 24-hour Tube services, the Night Overground will play a vital role in helping London achieve its future night-time potential, and allow even more passengers, from further afield, to access all the capital has to offer, long into the evening.”

The Night Overground operated initially between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate and was extended to Highbury & Islington in February 2018.  It connects to the Night Tube network at Canada Water on the Jubilee line and Highbury & Islington on the Victoria line enhancing connectivity and making night time journeys even easier.

Significant improvements to the London Overground network, including a fleet of brand new trains, are included in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, which aims to create a fairer, greener, healthier and more prosperous city by improving public transport and reducing reliance on car journeys.

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