London's 24-hour tubes could spell the end of 1000 night buses

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Payment for London’s new 24-hour underground service could come from the axing of 1000 night buses, union leaders have warned.

The 'Night Tube', which is due to begin service in September, is projected to lose millions of pounds during its first few years operating. Some estimations put the lost at £11 million in its first full year, while it could be close to two decades before the service breaks even.

Now Transport for London (TfL) admits that the level of night bus services will be reviewed to avoid a duplication of routes, ITV news reports.

And the TSSA union estimates that up to a third of London’s night bus routes could disappear. This follows analysis by the union which has found that 47 of the 167 bus routes actually run in parallel with the Central, Jubilee, Piccadilly, Northern and Victoria Lines.

TfL explained that it was planning a public consultation on the changes to the night bus network.

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