London Underground makes new offer on Night Tube

LU has made a new offer to the unions over the Night Tube Photo: Reuters

London Underground is to hire an army of part-time drivers in a bid to rescue its troubled plans for the Night Tube.

LU bosses say drivers will no longer be forced to work on the new service but the offer of a £200 bonus per shift has been withdrawn.

Strikes over the summer caused huge problems for commuters Credit: Reuters

Plans for all-night trains on Fridays and Saturdays stalled months ago in a bitter row over pay and rosters.

LU was forced to abandon the proposed launch on September 12th, timed to coincide with the Rugby World Cup.

The Night Tube is one of Mayor Boris Johnson's flagship projects but the wrangling threatened to delay it's start until after he leaves City Hall in May.

Managers urged the tube unions to allow staff to vote on the new proposal which also includes a revised four-year pay deal.

'We have listened to union feedback and have made absolute guarantees which mean no existing driver will have to work the Night Tube, unless they choose to do so. Instead we will hire part-time train drivers specifically to run the service.'