Tuesday 1 November 2016 10:09 am

Sadiq Khan says Night Tube services will start on the Piccadilly line from 16 December

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that Night Tube services will start on the Piccadilly line on Friday 16 December – sticking to his pledge to have five lines running by the end of the year.

It follows the launch of the service on the Central, Victoria and Jubilee lines, with the Northern line getting the Night Tube treatment on Friday 18 November. The Mayor hopes that by getting the Piccadilly line Night Tube up and running before Christmas, it should provide a boost for festive shoppers, as well as those enjoying the capital's nightlife. 

Read more: Northern Line Night Tube to launch on Friday 18 November – reports

The 24-hour weekend Piccadilly line service will run between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5. It'll make it easier for Londoners and visitors to the capital to visit everywhere from Kensington to Hammersmith and the West End after hours.

Patricia Bench, Hammersmith BID director, said: "People who come here to enjoy an evening at the Eventim Apollo or Lyric Hammersmith won’t have to rush off to make the last Tube; they’ll now have the option to stay a bit longer and make the most of the town’s pubs and restaurants.”

Read more: 50,000 journeys: The Night Tube in numbers

More than one million journeys have already been made on the Night Tube. The services are cutting journeys across the capital by an average of 20 minutes and are expected to boost the capital's night-time economy by £77m a year, supporting around 2,000 permanent jobs.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said:

We’ve seen how enthusiastically Londoners have embraced the Night Tube, and I am delighted that we’ve exceeded expectations with more than one million journeys made already. The addition of the Piccadilly line will help even more thousands of Londoners every weekend, from those taking in the capital’s cultural landmarks to the many workers who keep London open around the clock.