Writers_ Heidi Martin and Rachel Dodson
- The travel sub-eds fill you in on the pros and cons of the 24hr tubes.
So, Boris has spoken, the tube is doing an all-nighter, which means you can do the same! Sadly, this will mean 750 job losses to people working in the ticket offices. But how will it directly affect you?
2015 is the time that Londoners’ lives will change forever. Forget about racing for the last tube at 00.30, you need rush no longer. The world is your oyster around the clock. Hoorah. Ah, but it’s only the Victoria Line, Jubilee Line, and part of the Piccadilly, Northern and Central Lines. And oh yeah, it’s only on Fridays and Saturdays.
1) Tube strikes will probably be frequent
With 750 job losses coming with the 24hr tubes, you can expect a lot of strikes in the coming year.
2) The Jubilee Line will be working ALL night? We can go all the way to Canada Water and then… oh wait. Get stuck.
The Overground are a bit behind with the redevelopments. Is it too far to walk from Canada Water?
3) You can get drunk in Soho then, you know what? I fancy the Amersham. Amersham? Yeah. Get on the tube, be dancing on the stage in 20 minutes, no need to wait for the 453.
Why do just one when you can do it all? Go to pre drinks, go to New Cross House, feeling adventurous? There’s that cool bar in Shoreditch, oh that lot are in central, let’s go there, bit hungry, China Town? Why not? Admittedly you’ll spend a lot on your oyster, but why the hell not when you can go anywhere all night
4) You’ll still have to walk over the highly unsturdy steps at New Cross Gate. Death might be imminent. You’d better take the bus.
The bus steps can be a dangerous moment, especially when you’re seeing double, but they are a welcome treat in comparison to NXG’s death trap. I wouldn’t fancy falling off that contraption. Neither would I like to risk its safety whilst drunkenly skipping along its path.
5) No more socialising on the bus.
It’s a bonding session to say the least; a bit like the first night of Freshers but on a moving vehicle.
6) You will fall into a beer-infused coma and wake up in Stanmore.
I hear Stanmore’s lovely. Not sure it’s worth an unplanned visit though.
7) Plenty of opportunities for tube line parties.
House parties are a bit over done. It’s all about having prinks on the tube now.
8) The tube map will become a blur of coloured lines and you’re going to get lost
9) You no longer need to fork out a hefty sum for a taxi, but it’s at a price, you can no longer oooh and aaaah as you go across Waterloo Bridge.
No more holding hands, shedding tears and reflecting on how lucky you are whilst listening to Mellow magic on Magic FM. No view on the tube I’m afraid.
10) The painful bus journey back is no longer a valid excuse to not attend that girl on your course’s birthday night at Tiger Tiger. Time to get in the Jägerbombs and say goodbye to that cool house party in Brixton.
You’re a good friend.
11) ‘I fell asleep and it’s now too late to get the last tube’ will no longer cut it.
It’s Friday night and you’re a student remember. Man up.
12) ‘I missed the last tube’ is also no longer an excuse for staying at someones house.
‘Would you like to come in for coffee?’ will make a come-back.
13) Equally, you can no longer whack out the ‘I’d better go, I’ve got to catch the last tube’ card, as an excuse to escape a bad date.
You’re going to need a new letting-down-gently line
14) You’re going to really need to pay attention to this
Don’t let that yellow line become fuzzy.
15) You better get pretty good at sick dodging.
That gentle rocking back and forth can be dangerous.
Ultimately, this is your ticket, (or oyster card) to stay out later, party harder, and not have to spend a bomb on taxis.