London’s Night Tube could reopen within weeks after an uproar to restore service in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder.
Sadiq Khan said today that he will soon make an announcement and recognize its importance for women who are afraid to walk the streets after dark.
Underground trains currently run till 1am after the 24-hour service ended during the pandemic in March last year.
The mayor is under pressure to bring it back after thousands signed a petition that cited Everard’s kidnapping on the way home by Wayne Couzens.
Conservatives in London have accused Mr Khan of “delaying and delaying”.
Mr Khan told LBC: “I look forward to making an announcement in the next few weeks.
“I understand the importance of night tubes not only for the safety of women, which is a really important issue, but for the night-time economy as well.”
The Labor mayor said he was working “incredibly hard” to restore service, but was struck by the cash-strapped TfL’s lack of profits.
The pandemic also meant that drivers were being used to ply more and more trains during the day so that passengers could socially distance themselves.
A spokesman for the mayor said: “He urged TfL to look into the feasibility of reopening one or two lines this year, which we hope will be possible.”
But Keith Prince, a transport spokesman for City Hall Tories, blasted: “Delays and delays will not make London’s streets safe for women and girls.
“The mayor must listen to the Londoners and reopen the Night Tube as soon as possible.
“Obviously, many Londoners feel safer traveling on the Tube at night because it is a better lighted transport option than waiting for a bus on dark roads.
“The resumption of the service will not only help restore London’s nightlife, but also give women and girls a safer way to travel at night.”
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