Night Tube arrives on the Northern line: Here's everything you need to know

Rebecca Smith
So far the Night Tube has been rolled out on the Victoria, Central and Jubilee lines
So far the Night Tube has been rolled out on the Victoria, Central and Jubilee lines (Source: Getty)

Frequenters of the Northern line, rejoice. For the day is nearly here.

The Night Tube is coming to its fourth Underground line of the year tomorrow the 18 November, after already blessing the Jubilee, Victoria and (most of the) Central lines with its presence. And so far it's proving a hit with Londoners: passenger numbers are fifty per cent higher than forecast.

So here's all you need to know about the Northern line Night Tube services...

The operating Night Tube routes - now with the Northern line
The operating Night Tube routes - now with the Northern line (Source: TfL)

Where will it run to?

From Morden - Camden Town and Camden Town - High Barnet/Edgware.

There'll be no service on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches. And it's via Embankment; Northern line Night Tube services won't stop at Charing Cross until July 2017.

Read more: Here's how much the Night Tube has boosted spending in the capital

When will it run?

All night on Fridays and Saturdays from the 18 onwards. Hurrah!

How regularly will the trains run?

There'll be one every eight minutes or so between Morden and Camden Town, and a bit less frequently from Camden Town to High Barnet/Edgware at around every fifteen minutes.

How much is it going to cost?

Standard off-peak fares, while day travelcards cover journeys made until 4.29am the next day.

Where next?

It's coming to the Piccadilly line from 16 December.

Oh no, I live along the Northern line, how disruptive is it going to be?

Whisper it quietly, but so far, it hasn't seemed too bad.

London Underground said it's only had 37 noise complaints so far, though managing director Mark Wild said: "We still have a few hotspots."

The eastern end of the Central line is being looked at as that's the worst for it due to the proximity of the rail to houses, but the team has focused on putting in shock absorbers across the lines and smoothing the rail out, which Wild said "had paid dividends".

But won't it get worse around Christmas as more people hit the capital?

Frankly, probably, though Wild has said his team is currently preparing its festive communications and will look into rolling out signs encouraging people to keep the noise down e.g. outside bars and restaurants asking party goers to please respect the neighbours.

Whether these will be effective, only time will tell...

Is the roll-out stopping at five Tube lines?

For the moment, yes. The expectation is it'll provide a pretty decent network of lines and give a good indication of how successful the Night Tube is. Wild said there's currently "open heart surgery" replacing the signalling system on other lines, so the services could be expanded after that.

"It's crucial we do economic analysis which can only happen by mid next year," he's said. Historically, the London Overground and DLR have always been in the plan, but they'll gather evidence off the back of the five line roll-out and then go back to the mayor. Watch this space.

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