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 Saturday, July 23, 2016

Night Tube timetables (EXCLUSIVE)

Only four weekends remain before the Night Tube begins, on two lines at least.

If you're intending to stay out late and ride the Victoria or Central lines, here's my exclusive look at the overnight service to be provided.

I say exclusive, but all I've done is dig around inside the Journey Planner which contains data up to one month hence, and anyone could have done that. I've had to search dozens of journeys at dozens of times to try to work out what's going on underneath, but I think I've worked out the timetables the trains will operate.

Basically, whatever the last train is at the moment, that stays, and then the Night Tube kicks in immediately afterwards. Trains will run every ten minutes through the early hours of Saturday and Sunday morning, and then the normal daytime service picks up immediately after that. Approximately speaking.

Here's how the Night Tube will be filling the gap on a Saturday morning, beginning on Saturday 20th August.

Night Tube timetable - Victoria line (southbound)

Walthamstow C  002000300040005001000110and
Seven Sisters0026003600460056010601160506
King's Cross0035004500550105011501250515
Oxford Circus0039004900590109011901290519

Don't worry, the trains will be stopping at every station, I've simply shown a selection of stations to keep this manageable. But expect trains every ten minutes along the entire line... simple!

Night Tube timetable - Victoria line (northbound)

Oxford Circus0045005101000109011901290529
King's Cross0050005601050114012401340534
Seven Sisters0059010601140123013301430543
Walthamstow C  0104011201190128013801480548

Northbound trains take a while to slip into a pattern, running slightly more frequently as the Night Tube service kicks in. But then it's every ten minutes all the way through to half past five, just like on the southbound.

Night Tube timetable - Central line (eastbound)

Ealing Broadway  0015 0035 0055 and
White City00250035004500550105011505150525
Oxford Circus00390049005901090119012905290539
Mile End00550105011501250135014505450555
Loughton   0125 0145 02050605 

The Central line is a bit more complicated. Trains will run alternately from Ealing Broadway to Hainault, and from White City to Loughton, every twenty minutes. Over the central section from White City to Leytonstone there'll be a train every ten minutes, the same frequency as on the Victoria line. There'll be no extra Night Tube services on the West Ruislip branch, nor beyond Loughton, nor between Woodford and Hainault.

Night Tube timetable - Central line (westbound)

Loughton0003 0023 0043 and
Mile End00250035004500550105011505150525
Oxford Circus00400050010001100120013005300540
White City00540104011401240134014405440554
Ealing Broadway  0105 0125 0145 05550605

Again there are two overlapping twenty minute services, with a ten minute frequency between White City and Leytonstone. But notice this time that the endpoints are different - it's Loughton that links with Ealing Broadway, and Hainault that links with White City. Perhaps this is to give the drivers a bit of variety, or to shuffle the trains around over the course of the night.

Don't expect to see these timetables in a leaflet or on a wall in your local station. TfL prefer to hide their timetables these days, preferring that passengers use the Journey Planner to search current operating conditions, or simply turn up and wait. But Night Tube timetables do still exist, and understanding their structure might help you to better interpret the new 'ten minute' service when it begins.

In the meantime there's already a launch-friendly Night Tube map, showing just the relevant sections of the Victoria and Central lines, with three other lines due to join them later in the year. So bring on the night!

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