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Hundreds of stuffed night tube owls have been sold in celebration of the non-existent 24-hour service

Isabelle Aron

It's been a long time coming, but it looks like the night tube might finally launch at some unspecified time this summer. The new 24-hour weekend service was meant to start on September 12 last year, but it's been delayed because of disputes between the London Underground and the tube unions. Still, that hasn't stopped TfL splashing the cash to promote the non-existent service. They've already spent £600,000 on advertising and now it turns out they've been flogging night tube-themed merch, too. 

A freedom of information request showed that more than 2,000 night tube owl toys had been produced by the start of 2016, and nearly 300 of them had been sold by April 15. 'Tooting the Night Tube Owl' is currently on sale on the London Transport Museum's website for £9.99, with a description that reads: 'Are you a night owl? Meet Tooting, our night owl, a character created to celebrate the extension of the Tube running hours at the weekends – coming soon! What a hoot!'

What a hoot, indeed.

In other tube news, commuters at Holborn station are totally ignoring the new 'stand on the left' rule.

And here are 25 things you (probably) didn't know about the London Underground.


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