Night Tube praised for ‘positive effect’ on eating and drinking-out businesses

By Georgina Townshend contact

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Welcome boon: Night Tube praised for effect on eating and drinking-out businesses
Welcome boon: Night Tube praised for effect on eating and drinking-out businesses

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A year after its launch, the Night Tube in London has been praised for the positive effect it has had for eating and drinking-out businesses in an “otherwise burdensome operating environment”.

Chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) Kate Nicholls said the Night Tube’s introduction on 19 August 2016 not only gave confidence to the sector that “London was serious about helping the night-time economy”, it also provided a “welcome boon for customers, employers and employees working in late-night venues”.

“When business rates, employment costs and foodservice inflation are increasing pressures on eating and drinking-out venues, the Night Tube has provided a positive chance for growth,” she said.

“London has one of the most attractive late-night hospitality offerings in the world and the Night Tube has given more people access to first-class pubs, bars and restaurants.”

8m milestone

According to the BBC, about 300,000 journeys are made every weekend on London’s Night Tube service, with its eight millionth journey expected over its anniversary weekend.

“The Night Tube also makes it easier for late-night customers and staff to get home,” continued Nicholls.

“For workers in particular, this can make the difference between being able to work a shift or not, and the Mayor of London is looking at such issues in his consultation on good working standards in London. I would encourage other towns and cities to consider similar measures to make late-night working easier.”

Nicholls added the importance of “strong trading around the clock cannot be understated”.

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