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Unions back Night Tube reopening

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The London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed Night Tube services will recommence on the Victoria and Central lines on 27 November, having been suspended since the first Covid lockdown in March 2020. The response from unions has been broadly supportive.

TSSA Organising Director, Lorraine Ward, said: “The people of London need to know they have a fully functioning public transport system there for them when they need it. Reopening these Night Tube lines will not only help boost revenue and the night-time economy but play a vital role in the safety of women, and workers generally, after dark.

However, they also pointed out the difficulties staff may face when the services reopen.

“RMT supports the reintroduction of the Night Tube,” said RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch, “but we know full well that prior to its suspension during the pandemic it was a magnet for violent, abusive and anti-social behaviour.

“The reintroduction of the service must be thoroughly risk assessed with the involvement of our reps and it is also important that rosters are agreed which don’t leave staff burnt out and exposed to intolerable pressures.”