Night tube postponed

27 August 2015

London Underground eventually confirmed at 10.0 this morning that it has cancelled the introduction of the Night Tube on Saturday 12 September. This has been an open secret in the capital - everyone working on the railway knew they couldn't do it - but LU has continued to insist it would meet the date. Now LU says it will be introduced ‘at some point in the autumn, we don’t know when.’

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said: ‘We welcome this decision by London Underground, which gives us all the time and space to negotiate properly on the introduction of the Night Tube in the capital.

‘ASLEF believes that a world-class capital city like London needs a 24-hour Tube service. But not at the expense of the work/life balance of our members. It has to be done in a way that works for London Underground, for passengers, and also for the drivers who deliver this service every day.’

Mick added: ‘Had LU not acted in bad faith, by trying to introduce the Night Tube in London without consultation, and without negotiation, we wouldn’t be where we are today and they would have been in a position to deliver. Common sense has broken out at London Underground and now we can sit down with them and work this out.’

Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s District organiser for the Tube, who has been leading our negotiating team,said: ‘We have never been opposed to the Night Tube. We will continue discussions to get a fair deal on pay and work/life balance for our members.’

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