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London's 24-Hour 'Night Tube' Trains Arrive After Long Delay

Starting Friday night, the “Night Tube” will see two major lines run through until 5:30 a.m. on weekends

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    London Underground passengers travel on Victoria line in London, England on August 19, 2016. Transport for London starts a 24-hour Tube service on Victoria and Central lines tonight as demand has soared over recent years, with passenger numbers on Friday and Saturday nights up by around 70 per cent since 2000.

    London’s iconic “tube” finally begins all-night weekend service after years of obstruction and delay, NBC News reports. 

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    Starting Friday night, the “Night Tube” will see two major lines run through until 5:30 a.m. on weekends, creating an almost 24-hour service on Friday and Saturday night. The system has shut down at 11 p.m. on Sundays, and didn’t reopen until as late as 7 a.m. on weekdays. 

    The change in schedule is expected to boost the city’s economy by $100 million a year.