Thousands sign petition calling on Sadiq Khan to restore Night Tube
A petition calling on the Mayor of London to reinstate the Night Tube has drawn tens of thousands of signatures as women seek safer ways to return home after the horrific murders of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard.
The service, which closed in March last year, is not expected to resume until 2022.
“The legitimate outcry over the recent murders of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard in the streets of London embodies the fear of women to walk alone or stand in the streets at night and at night. “
She added that while the Tube is not perfect, thanks to CCTV and well-lit platforms, “it is the best transport option to ensure that millions of women across London can get home in full safety in the evenings and at night this winter “.
Speaking to the Telegraph, London Minister Paul Scully said: “The mayor must provide people with convenient and affordable choices on how to get home safely at night. It’s not enough to speak harshly on social media – leadership in London demands action.
“A well-lit night tube with the support of UK transport staff and police provides women with a safe and quick route home after the events. We need this service to reintroduce as quickly as possible what will create demand; improve security and in turn support the recovery of London’s nightlife economy.
Demand for TfL services is increasing amid the reopening of London’s nightlife economy.
A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: “Sadiq is committed to taking action to improve women’s safety in the capital and has made it clear that he wants to open the Night Tube as soon as possible. He urged TfL to explore the possibility of reopening a line or two this year, which we hope is possible.
“TfL continues to provide as comprehensive a service as possible on all of its services, and the Underground continues to serve central London, with the last trains leaving around 1:00 am and departing at 5:30 am. There is also an extensive network of night buses that continue to run throughout the city every evening. “