The long-awaited service will start running this summer on the Central and Victoria lines.
The service, which was originally due to launch in September of 2015, has been plagued by problems, with former London mayor Boris Johnson at loggerheads with unions over the terms on offer to train drivers. Some of those issues remain unresolved, meaning the August start date only applies to two lines—Central and Victoria—with Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines set to follow in the autumn. The service will run all night on Fridays and Saturdays, likely providing a boost to London's nighttime economy.
New London mayor Sadiq Khan said: "The Night Tube is absolutely vital to my plans to support and grow London's night time economy—creating more jobs and opportunities for all Londoners. The constant delays under the previous mayor let Londoners down badly. I have made getting the Night Tube up and running a priority, and London Underground has now confirmed that services on the first two lines will launch on August 19th."
Read RA's recent roundtable feature on the future of UK nightlife, which features Amsterdam's Night Time Mayor, Mirik Milan, Lutz Leichsenring of Berlin Club Commission, the NTIA's Alan Miller and Dance Tunnel owner Dan Beaumont, here. View the Night Tube map here.