Dozens of the West End’s most influential figures have demanded an immediate full restoration of the Night Tube to protect returning women.

In letter to the Evening Standard, 37 executives from hospitality, retail, real estate and culture say reinstating just two lines next month “is not enough “.

The letter, curated by Simon Thomas, managing director of the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square, says the full Night Tube service “would reassure women concerned about their safety and wanting a safer option when traveling at night.”

The partial resumption of service came after tens of thousands of people signed a petition to restore it following the conviction of the murderer of Sarah Everard, former Met Police Officer Wayne Couzens. The total number of signatories now stands at over 156,000.

Some of the prominent figures who signed today’s letter to The Standard include Nimax Theaters Senior Producer and Managing Director Nica Burns, Soho Estates Managing Director John James, Shaftesbury Managing Director Brian Bickell, Chinese Community Center President Christine Yau; and Night Time Industries Association General Manager Michael Kill.

Other backers include the patrons of the Ritz, John Lewis of Brent Cross, Fortnum & Mason and the London Coliseum.

The Night Tube is the last element of the underground network to be put back into “normal service” after the end of confinements. His return has been delayed by a dispute between TfL bosses and unions over Night Tube’s driver lists which has now been resolved.

A spokesperson for TfL said the reopening of the other lines is being delayed by the need to train more drivers, as well as by planned engineering works such as the modernization of Bank station, which will require the closure of the line. branch of the Bank of the Northern. line for 17 weeks.

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