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No night tube in 2015

When it was announced earlier this year that a number of main underground train stations in London would introduce a new ‘night tube’ service, the response from the public was mainly positive. But with unions locked in talks with London Underground representatives, it seems the new 24-hour service won’t be properly introduced until 2016.

‘Night Tube’ Service

Originally due to start in September, the ‘night tube’ service has been significantly delayed amid talks over pay and working conditions. These talks, between representatives from train union ASLEF and London Underground bosses, have broken down, with no current agreement in sight.


Talking about the negotiations, district organiser for ASLEF, Finn Brennan, confirmed a recent breakdown on the 15th of October saying:

“Unfortunately talks ended without any agreement, it’s pretty clear night tubes won’t be running in this year.”

Despite failed negotiations, which have been on-going for the past 3 months, the union hopes to resume talks with London Underground to resolve issues regarding working conditions for drivers and Underground staff.

What next?

Brennan said he would discuss next steps with other union representatives so that an agreement could be met:

“We have put forward a number of proposals to resolve this dispute in a way that is fair and benefits both sides. London Underground have rejected them all. Most disappointingly of all, [London Underground] have decided to blackmail their own employees by refusing to make a pay offer unless staff agree to worsen their working conditions. That is not something we are prepared to accept.”

With such an innovative and well-publicised new service at stake, talks between both unions and London Underground couldn’t be more important. And despite the delays in opening the service, here’s to hoping the 24-hour night tube is introduced in early 2016.

You can find out more about the service delays over on the Guardian website.

Until next time….

Henry Bilinski.

About the Author

Henry Bilinski is the UK Chief Executive Officer for the Health and Transport Services (HATS) Group/Olympic South Ltd based in Wimbledon.

Henry is a highly experienced Chief Executive with over 30 years’ experience working in the transport and logistics industry. Having acted as a Dispatch Rider, Operations Controller, Managing Director, Owner and CEO for a number of different organisations throughout his career, Henry is an expert in his field.

Manchester Victoria station reopens

Hot on the heels of Birmingham New Street, Manchester’s Victoria station is the next major city transport hub to unveil its ‘new look’.

New Manchester Victoria station

Following a series of new renovations across the UK, Manchester Victoria has officially reopened this week after a £44m overhaul – which sees four new tram platforms and three new tracks.

At HATS Group and Olympic South Ltd, it’s great to see continued growth in the transport sector. The opening of the new Manchester Victoria will not only mean a more modern facilities, but it will also bring forth more services and passengers.

Unlike the new Birmingham New Street renovation – which was predominantly aesthetic – Manchester Victoria’s overhaul has introduced a number of new tracks and platforms. After five years of work, the Northern train station will see passenger numbers double in size, from 20,000 to 40,000 a day.

New one-of-a-kind roof

As well as new tracks, services and access points, the station also boasts an entirely new look, with a one-of-a-kind see-through roof.

The build of the new futuristic ‘bubble roof’ is one of the biggest of its kind ever undertaken and incorporates just under 400 panels made from EFTE – a polymer also used on Cornwall’s Eden Project.

“A symbol of opportunity”

Speaking about the new-look station, Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughin gave his thanks to those involved, saying:

“I want to congratulate everyone involved in this remarkable project. It’s fantastic to see Manchester Victoria once again a station fit for the city. It’s now a symbol of opportunity, not neglect, and proof that this one nation government is building the Northern Powerhouse.”

With plans to allow 700 extra trains to run every day by 2019 and bringing an estimated £4bn to the region’s economy, along with up to 30,000 jobs, the new-look Manchester Victoria station is set to be a complete success. But with the Christmas rush just around the corner, only time will tell.

For more about Manchester Victoria, head over to the BBC website.

And for HATS and Olympic South, feel free to visit today.

Until next time…

Henry Bilinski.