Passenger numbers drop, but night train is back
Friday, 17th December 2021 — By Richard Osley
TRANSPORT for London recorded a drop of around 20 per cent in weekday tube passengers after a request from prime minister Boris Johnson for people to work from home – if they can.
Fears over the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has led medical officers to also cut their party season socialising – although Mr Johnson has not banned festive gatherings in these final days before Christmas.
And revellers – and late shift workers – will be able to use the night services on the Overground again from tomorrow (Saturday).
Trains from Highbury and Islington to New Cross Gate will be made available at 15-minute intervals on Fridays and Saturdays.
London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Returning just in time for the key festive period, this is another milestone in London’s recovery, linking up diverse and vibrant areas of the city and offering a quick, easy and safe way to get around.” Face masks are now mandatory on public transport.