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Night buses face axe to fund loss-making Night Tube

20 January 2015

Boris Johnson will have to axe hundreds of night buses to fund his loss-making Night Tube service, TSSA warned today.

Up to 1,000 night buses which will use the same routes as the new Tube services are under threat of closure, said the TSSA rail union.

A union study has revealed that almost a third of the all night bus routes will duplicate the new Tube service routes when it starts running on Friday and Saturday nights in September.

About 1,000 of the 5,000 buses fall into the duplicated category.

"London Underground officials have already privately admitted to us that Boris's flagship Night Tube will not break even for another 17 years," said union general secretary Manuel Cortes.

"It will lose £19.6 million 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.

"Something has got to give and we think it will be the Cinderella night bus service."

Out of 167 night bus routes, 47 of them will be running along the same routes as the night tube which will operate on the Central, Jubilee, Piccadilly, Northern, and Victoria lines.
 

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