Last updated: 11:54 AM ET, Sat August 20 2016

Night Tube Offers London Nighttime Travel Option

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | August 20, 2016

Night Tube Offers London Nighttime Travel Option

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City officials in London hope a new train service will boost the local economy while transporting people who are out and about late at night or in the wee hours of the morning, the Associated Press reported. 

Officials with Transport for London told the BBC that 50,000 people traveled aboard the Night Tube on its first day in service on Saturday. 

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The Night Tube offers train service on the Victoria and Central lines between 12:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. local time on Fridays and Saturdays, the BBC reported.

The new service in the London Underground has been in the works for almost three years and was supposed to begin in September 2015, the BBC said. Strikes over pay postponed the launch until now.

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Eventually, there will be five lines available for overnight service, the BBC reported.

London mayor Sadiq Khan ventured out on the Night Tube’s first journey, the BBC said.

"You can feel the buzz,” Khan told the news service. “You can feel the vibe. … People are really excited.”

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