I’ve always been puzzled how a city as large and as cosmopolitan as London could put up with an underground and above-ground rail system called the Tube that closes at midnight or 12:30 every night. Finally, that’s about to change . . . but not enough and not soon enough.
There’s no fixed timetable for the London tube, though from 5:30 in the morning–6:30 on Sundays—trains pretty much run every few minutes until midnight on most lines. But if you’ve gone out at night in London, you know it’s a pretty happening city, and heading to a tube station at 11:30 can be a real buzz kill.
Let me amend that. Climb aboard the Piccadilly line just before midnight, and it’s madness, with partiers cramming in to cars to make that early deadline. After all, taxis are quite expensive, though busses do still run at night.
Here’s the bad news. The newly announced 24-hour service doesn’t start until 2015. And then it will only be offered on Fridays and Saturdays, though there is talk of adding Thursday.
And a footnote: I’m not happy about the London mayor’s plan to close down all staffed ticket offices at tube stations. Bad idea.