The petition argued that a night tube will provide more, safer ways for women to travel back after working at night, or nights out, a very pertinent issue especially in light of the recent murders of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard.
The night tube hasn’t been in service since the start of the pandemic, back in March 2020. As London has experienced a return to ‘normal’ nightlife over the past few months, campaigners thought it was right to accompany this change with sufficient public transport options for people returning home late at night.
Though it is excellent that the night tube has returned (even on a minimal route - hopefully this paves the way for more routes to open with demand) - it’s also important to acknowledge that measures also need to be taken to improve safety within public transport itself. Ella Watson, who created the petition, stated:
The return of the night tube for London also causes other cities to consider the provision they themselves offer their citizens in terms of methods of travel late at night. For example, should Newcastle offer a night Metro?