The night tube starts this weekend (Friday 19 August), but we've already been on it. A test of the service ran — with empty carriages — throughout the night on Friday, and we went for a preview.
With some concerns over the safety of the services at night, we spoke to Chris Horton, Commander of British Transport Police who told us an additional £3.4 million of funding has been spent on policing the night tube.
Officers will be patrolling trains and stations, offering a visual presence to reassure the travelling public.
Along with the police we looked at 24-hour metro services all over the world and found that crime is no greater during the night than it is in the day. But we want to make sure all of our customers can travel with confidence. That's why we are investing in this highly visible presence of officers who, alongside our staff at every station, will be on hand to assist customers and ensure they get around safely.
A network of BTP rapid-response vehicles across London will also be in place to ensure police will be ready to attend any incident quickly. Police presence will be backed up by CCTV cameras across the network, supported by the London Underground Control Centre, which operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week, working closely with the police to respond to any incidents that may occur.
According to TfL, the night tube will support around 2,000 permanent jobs and boost London's economy by £360million a year.