A key London station is opening to Night Tube services this week on the Northern Line

 
Rebecca Smith
Charing Cross will now be open to Night Tube services
Charing Cross will now be open to Night Tube services (Source: Getty)

Charing Cross station is catching up with the rest of the Northern Line and opening for Night Tube services this week.

On Friday, the station will now be open for the entire night for the first time since the new service began on the Northern Line on 18 November. Until now, passengers had to use the nearby Embankment station instead.

Mark Wild, London Underground’s managing director, said:

I thank customers for their patience while we carried out this important work and I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to fully reopen Charing Cross station earlier than planned.

We’ve carried out a major overhaul of the Northern line ticket hall, making it smarter, more modern and ready to welcome its first Night Tube passengers this Friday.

The early reopening of Lancaster Gate station with newer, more reliable lifts will improve transport connections in the area, benefitting local people, businesses and visitors alike.

Five lines now run Night Tube services: the Jubilee, Victoria, Central and Piccadilly Lines. The late opening has proved to be a hit with Londoners.

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Wild said in November that passenger numbers were 50 per cent higher than forecast.

And with Charing Cross open as a major station, it should provide another boost to the capital's economy. According to data from Worldpay at the end of last year, the capital's nightlife was reaping the rewards of the 24-hour transport system.

Since the introduction of the first Night Tube services on the Central and Victoria lines in August, businesses serviced by those lines experienced an 18 per cent boost.

Worldpay analysed late-night (between 1am and 4.30am) card transaction data and noted that takings in the City of London area rose 75 per cent compared to before the launch. Over 100,000 people used the Night Tube during its opening weekend.

Nearly one third of late-night spending in the capital was focused within the borough of Westminster – where the Victoria and Central lines intersect, but businesses based further out also benefited.

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