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London Night Tube gets official launch date (again)

Londoners will finally be able to use the Tube 24 hours a day from August, new mayor Sadiq Khan promises.

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The Night Tube map is a new nocturnal take on the iconic map designed by Harry Beck in 1933.

Transport for London

Transport for London has finally provided an official launch date for the start of the long-awaited nighttime Tube service.

From 19 August, shift workers, partygoers and night owls will be able to take the Central and Victoria lines all through the night on Fridays and Saturdays. Round-the-clock services will begin on the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern lines later in the autumn.

Londoners have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the Night Tube since it was first announced back in mid-2014. The launch date was originally set for September 2015, but strike action delayed its introduction, indefinitely it had seemed.

Now the Night Tube looks to become a reality, with 200 part-time workers currently undertaking training to prepare them for the launch.

"The Night Tube is absolutely vital to my plans to support and grow London's night time economy -- creating more jobs and opportunities for all Londoners," newly elected London mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement. "The constant delays under the previous mayor let Londoners down badly."