Evening Standard Comment: Welcome back (some of) London Night Tube

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London Underground’s Night Tube will resume next month after being suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Archive)
London Underground’s Night Tube will resume next month after being suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Archive)

Good news for those who live in specific slivers of London: the Night Tube is back. As we report today, the service is set to resume next month on the Victoria and Central lines.

More than 135,000 people have signed a petition calling for the reinstatement of the Night Tube this winter to help improve the safety of women living in the capital.

We welcome this partial re-opening and the sooner TfL can open more lines, the better. Clearly, what is needed both to ensure the sustainability of the Night Tube and other services is a long-term financial settlement with central government, something TfL commissioner Andy Byford has repeatedly called for.

After being a city in lockdown, the capital is returning to its 24-hour ways. For the safety of Londoners and to support our nighttime economy, we need the Night Tube back.

Rewilding London

In a bustling, global metropolis such as London, something is always happening. So, on occasion, doing nothing can be the rarest of gifts.

That’s the theory behind rewilding — letting nature take its course on the basis that it knows best. And now rewilding is venturing to west London in the form of a “pocket forest” in a grand Chelsea street. More than 600 native trees and shrubs are to be planted in an area of open ground before being left alone to thrive.

If successful, we look forward to other ideas — including wolves roaming King’s Road and beavers swimming in the Serpentine.

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