Early closing on the Northern Line was mooted as a possibility late last summer to enable Tube Lines to complete delayed engineering work. However, revised plans could see services cease from 8.30pm, rather than the Victoria Line tried and tested 10pm, for 16 months. 10pm closure is too early for both theatregoers and drinkers inconveniencing Londoners, vexed with an alternative route home. But 8.30pm closure hits a whole raft of other travellers and tourists doing evening shopping, going to the gym, even grabbing a bite to eat. The Tube Lines plans are also directly in conflict with TfL's desire to increase services on the Northern Line, hence the generally welcomed rush hour split. We forecast a ripe resurgence of the Misery Line alias.
Last Updated 01 February 2010