The London Overground is celebrating the first anniversary since night services were introduced, with a quarter of a million journeys made in the first year along the Highbury & Islington to New Cross Gate route.
Launched on 15 December 2017, night services on the London Overground have proven an extremely popular and safe way for Londoners to get to and from their destinations during the weekend.
Demand has grown steadily in the 12 months, which match the forecasts made by Transport for London (TfL); it has also provided a great boost for the night time economy in the capital, helping people frequent bars, restaurants, theatres and cinemas in a much simpler fashion.
The night services are expanding too, serving Whitechapel from the very first time.
London Overground night services have also provided a shot in the arm to TfL’s revenue; given the recent ongoing issues surrounding Crossrail, and the financial pressures that the uncertainty is expected to bring next year, the success during the first year of the night services is certainly welcome.
And it has brought economic benefits to businesses, according to Amy Lame, London’s Night Czar.
She 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.”
Journeys on the Overground network have improved further too, with a new fleet of trains introduced – as part of the Transport Strategy put forward by the Mayor of London.