The launch of the Night Tube has been delayed following numerous strikes from transport unions.
London Underground (LU) announced on Thursday, August 27, that it will delay the initial launch date of Saturday, September 12, in order to continue discussions with the trade unions.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport union, Unite and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association were set to strike on Tuesday, August 25 and Thursday, August 27 over issues with shifts, pay and safety regarding the new late night service.
After last minute talks on Monday, August 26, managed to halt strike action, unions announced that they still hadn’t fully got what they want and would strike again on Tuesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 10 if the issues were not resolved.
LU 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."