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Hundreds of night buses 'face the axe' to pay for London's 24-hour Tubes

Union leaders claim hundreds of night buses face the axe to pay for London's new 24-hour Underground service.

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The 'Night Tube', which starts in September, is expected to lose millions of pounds in its first few years.

Transport for London has admitted night bus services are under review to avoid a duplication of routes.

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The TSSA union believes almost a third of the capital's night bus routes could disappear.

The union says its analysis reveals 47 out of 167 routes run in parallel with the Central, Jubilee, Piccadilly, Northern and Victoria Lines.

LU officials have already privately admitted to us that Boris's flagship Night Tube will not break even for another 17 years. It will lose £19.6m in running costs in its first full year of operation. Our detailed study shows that they will be running a duplicate tube and bus service in the middle of the night on nearly a third of all routes. Somethijhg has got to give and we think it will be the Cinderella night bus service.

– MANUEL CORTES, TSSA GENERAL SECRETARY

Transport for London said it was planning a public consultation on the changes to the night bus network.

TSSA has simply plucked these numbers from the air. No night bus services will be cut to pay for the Night Tube, and to claim that hundreds of bus services will be cut is completely false.

The Night Tube is well supported by Londoners and business, and independent research shows it will boost jobs and benefit the economy by hundreds of millions of pounds. With it’s introduction it is common sense for us to review night bus services to make sure there is no unnecessary duplication.

The night bus network will largely remain as it is now, and the limited changes that there are likely to be will be set out in a public consultation that we will start shortly.

This consultation will also include the creation of new weekend night services in the suburbs.

– Gareth Powell, LU Director of Strategy and Service Development