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The head of the RMT union has reacted angrily to the announcement that London Underground is hoping to extend the tube's running hours.
General Secretary Bob Crow said:
London Underground says that up to 5,000 people are at work under London's streets every night to work on maintaining the tube network. These essential works mean that the tube cannot run 24 hours a day.
Mike Brown, Managing Director of London Underground, has ruled out 24-hour services on the tube, but said that he "recognise[d] the importance" of bringing in later running times at the weekend.
The proposals would see tubes running until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights from 2015.
Current services run from round 5am to shortly after 1am.
Tube bosses have revealed plans to run tube services later into the night on Fridays and Saturdays.