Weekend 24-hour services will launch on the London Overground from December, following the success of the Night Tube.
The service will initially only operate on Fridays and Saturdays along the East London route between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction. It will be extended to Highbury & Islington next year.
The ‘Night Overground’ will connect with the Night Tube network at Canada Water on the Jubilee line and via the Victoria line when the night service reaches Highbury & Islington.
The mayor’s office said the service will help people working shifts in East London’s thriving hospitality and service sectors, and those who live in the outer London zones. It will also benefit other night shift workers such as those in the emergency services.
Alan D Miller, chairman of the Night Time Industries Association, said: ‘London is making significant strides to become a smart, future-oriented 24-hour city in which transport is a vital component. So hurrah for this! Together we can all help make London the best it can be for us all.’
London mayor Sadiq Khan said: ‘Our Night Tube services have been a real success right across the capital, so I’m delighted to announce that we’ll be bringing the Night Overground to the East London line later this year.
‘It will provide huge benefits to Londoners and visitors to our city, helping those working hard through the night and all those out enjoying everything London has to offer, as well as creating jobs and boosting our economy.’
The mayor’s office said the Night Tube is already playing a key role in opening up London’s night-time economy, with the network estimated to provide a boost of £77m a year and support around 2,000 permanent jobs.
The Night Tube will be extended to parts of the Metropolitan, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City lines once modernisation programmes are complete in 2023.