More controversy around the Night Tube service
The controversial Night Tube will only benefit Londoners who can afford an extra £100,000 on their mortgage, a study has claimed.
According to research by travel app company MapWay, the Night Tube will be useful only to richer Londoners.
The study pointed out that out of London’s population of 8.2 million, 2.1 million Londoners live in areas which will not be covered by the Night Tube.
The study also found that the average house price for areas covered by the Night Tube service is £394,000, compared to £285,000 in the areas that will not benefit from the service.
Tube unions and London Underground are at loggerheads over the new service which was supposed to be launched on 12 September.
The launch was deferred by Tube bosses to allow successful conclusion of talks with unions, including agreement on rosters.
London Underground managing director, Nick Brown, said: “Further to the progress made in recent days with the trade unions and the suspension of strike action, we believe we are not far from an agreement that protects the work-life balance of our employees and is affordable, sustainable and fair.
“As such, we have decided to defer the introduction of Night Tube to allow more time for those talks to conclude. Our objective is to reach an agreement that ends this dispute and delivers the Night Tube for Londoners this Autumn.”