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Night Overground services to be launched in December

Passengers travelling on parts of the East London will be able to board trains throughout Friday and Saturday nights.

All-night weekend train services will be launched on the London Overground network by the end of the year, mayor Sadiq Khan has announced.

Passengers travelling on parts of the East London line will be able to board trains throughout Friday and Saturday nights from December.

Services stop shortly after midnight under the current timetable.

The new schedule will enable passengers to connect with all-night Tube services, which began in August last year.

Mr Khan said: “Our Night Tube services have been a real success right across the capital, so I’m delighted to announce that we’ll be bringing the Night Overground to the East London line later this year.

“It will provide huge benefits to Londoners and visitors to our city, helping those working hard through the night and all those out enjoying everything London has to offer, as well as creating jobs and boosting our economy.”

All-night Overground services will initially run between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction before extending to Highbury & Islington next year.

Only a small proportion of the network is included in the project as most Overground trains operate on Network Rail tracks, which are also used by other train companies, freight and maintenance services.

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan travelling on a tube train (Yui Mok/PA)

The link between New Cross Gate and Highbury & Islington is managed by Transport for London (TfL).

TfL director of London rail Jonathan Fox said: “The East London route is one of the most popular parts of the London Overground network, particularly late in the evening.

“Expanding night services to this key part of London Overground will make it easier for customers to enjoy the vibrant night-time culture that east London has to offer, supporting the economy in this much-loved area of the capital.

“The Night Tube has already provided a boost to our economy and supported thousands of permanent jobs. We hope the Night Overground will build on this success even further.”

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The night tube service has boosted the London economy (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Arriva took over the contract to run Overground services in November last year.

All-night Tube services currently operate on the Victoria, Piccadilly, Northern, Jubilee and Central lines.

Parts of the Metropolitan, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines are set to be added once modernisation programmes are completed in 2023.

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