The London Underground will run 24-hours at weekends from 2015.

Tfl have announced five lines - the Piccadilly, Jubilee, Victoria, Northern and Central Lines - will provide an all-night service from Friday morning to until Sunday night.

The plan is part of a range of initiatives although the moves will result in the loss of 750 jobs.

London Mayor, Boris Johnson, said: "Now it is the time to take the Tube to the next level and so for the first time in London's history, we will provide and regular 24-hour 'Night Tube' service at weekends.

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"This will not just boost jobs and our vibrant night-time economy, but will further cement London's reputation as the best big city on the planet in which to live, work, visit and invest."

But the plans will also lead to to a reduction of around 950 jobs although 200 will be created.

Tickets will be available from staff on platforms rather than in offices.

A series of other initiatives were also announced, including contactless bank card payment technology from next year, extended Wi-Fi coverage at underground stations, improved ticket machines, and staff based in ticket halls and on platforms rather than in ticket offices.

All Tube stations will continue to be staffed, and billions of pounds of investment will continue, said Mayor Boris Johnson and LU managing director Mike Brown.

"LU is committed to delivering the reduction in operational staff numbers without any compulsory redundancies," said a statement.

The plans will deliver savings of around £50 million a year, or £270 million over the term of Transport for London's business plan to 2020/21.

Mr Brown said: "People are at the heart of this vision - our customers and staff. My commitment to London is that all Tube stations will continue to be staffed and controlled in future, with more staff visible and available to help customers buy the right ticket, plan their journey and keep them safe and secure. We will continue to make the Tube more accessible and provide assistance at stations for all our customers who need it.

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  • The first ever London Underground journey. The station pictured is Edgware road. William Gladstone, who would become prime minister, his wife, and the engineer John Fowler were aboard 24 May 1862

  • The construction of the Metropolitan Underground Railway - work in progress at Kings Cross 05/05/1861

  • The original Bank, City and South London underground station near Mansion House 01/08/1901

  • Women at work in Ealing Common, upholstering railway carriages for the London Underground 01/01/1916

  • An interior view of one of the carriages of the new Electric Train for the Metropolitan Railway 18/12/1919

  • Lord Ashfield hands over the silver key to Col. Moore Brabazon during the opening of the new underground railway with the world's longest tunnel which ran from East Finchley to Morden on the Northern line, London. 13/09/1926

  • Escalators being built at Piccadilly Circus Underground Railway Station 01/09/1928

  • Unrecognised by passers-by, Britain's Princess Elizabeth, left, and her sister Princess Margaret, are taken for a walk through busy London streets on May 15, 1939, after their first ride on a London Underground train. They were accompanied by their governess and a lady-in-waiting.

  • Londoners sleep on stopped escalators of a tube station for safety and shelter during heavy bombing by the Germans in London, England during the blitz 01/01/1940

  • Women knit and talk as they seek shelter in the tube station during heavy bombing by the Germans in London, during the blitz in World War II 01/01/1940

  • People sleep in Piccadilly Underground station, London, during Nazi bombing raids. 27/09/1940

  • Londoners sleep on the platform and on the train tracks at Aldwych Underground station,London, during heavy all night Nazi bombing raids 8/10/1940

  • An air raid warden brings a drink of water for a young girl who has awakened during the night in an air raid shelter at the Aldwych tube station in London, during the blitz in World War II. Hammocks are slung across the train tracks for sleeping. 21/10/1940

  • British comedian and actor George Formby, centre playing his ukulele, entertains people sheltering from the Nazi bombing raids, in the deep underground station at Aldwych, London 27/11/1940

  • A bomb which fell during the London Blitz in January 1941 narrowly missed the Bank of England. It crashed through the roadway between the bank, Mansion House and Royal Exchange, shattering the underground subway causing many casualties. 21/01/1941

  • Secret and concealed war defenses in England dotted the country. Now it safely can be told that an information booth in Trafalgar Square and a greengrocery in Kingston-on-Thames were disguised pillboxes; that an Ilford subway station was an underground munitions plant, and that the Admiralty buildingÂ’s adjunct was a invasion. In this picture, the innocent-looking fruit and greengrocery store in Kingston-on-Thames is really a cleverly camouflaged pillbox in London, England, 11/07/1945

  • An underground tube train pulls into Cockfosters Station, the end station on the northbound Piccadilly Line 25 Feb 1950

  • A fire engine attends an underground cables fire in Queen Victoria Street 17 Aug 1950

  • Locomotive No.23, a Metropolitan 'A' Class engine, built at Manchester in 1866, heads a centenary special at Neasden as part of a grand parade of past and present rolling stock to commemorate the 100th anniversary of London's Underground 23 May 1963

  • Amar Singh, the Sikh train guard who has now been given permission to wear his turban while on duty on London's Underground, with his wife, Amrid, and their 13-day-old daughter, whom they call Jaki, at their Southall, Middlesex 02 Sep 1964

  • London transport underground train driver Mr. Earnest Coulson, 60, who has 41 years of service with London transport, takes his hands from the controls of the tube train as it was guided by electronic impulses on the shuttle section of the Woodford-Hainualt line in London, United Kingdom, on Feb. 19, 1968. The train picks up coded impulses from the main track which causes the train to accelerate, coast and brake to a halt at the next station, obeying all instructions given on the way, and slowing down or stopping or restarting as required if there is another train or a speed restriction on part of the route. The train operator, stationed in the front cab, closes the doors and presses the twin “start” buttons at the beginning of the run. He can also take over the in the event of failure of the automatic equipment

  • The Queen arriving at Heathrow Central station in London in the driver's cab of a Tube Train, when she officially opened the £30 million Piccadilly Line extension linking Heathrow Airport with London's underground railway system. Pictured with her is Graeme Bruce, London Transport's Chief Operating Manager 16 Dec 1977

  • Kingsway in London, England in 1971 with the large sign marking the entrance to the Chancery Lane Underground subway station 01 Jan 1971

  • Forty-three people were killed after a tube train crashed through buffers and into an end wall. The photograph shows fireman at work in one of the coaches of the six-carriage London Underground train which overran the platform and entered a blind tunnel at Moorgate Station in London 28 Feb 1975

  • The Queen this morning opened the new Victoria Line. It will be the first time a reigning monarch has ridden on the underground 07 Mar 1969

  • A London Transport official shows the Prince of Wales the controls in the driver's car of a Jubilee Line train when the Prince took a ride from Green Park to Charing Cross on the new £87 million underground line, which runs from Stanmore to Charing Cross 30 Apr 1979

  • In 1985, smoking was banned in all stations below ground. It had already been banned on trains the previous year following a fire at Goodge Street station. This however, was not enough to stop people lighting up on the escalators on their way out of atations, a situation which led to the blaze in Kings Cross which killed 31 people.

  • The top of the fire-damaged escalators at King's Cross underground station in London. The fire, which killed 31 people, is believed to have been started on the main escalator up from the platforms when a lit match was dropped by a passenger 19 Nov 1987

  • At least 31 people died and scores were injured in a major fire at London's busiest underground station at Kings Cross. Fireman are seen here in the smouldering remains of the main ticket hall in the station. 19 Nov 1987

  • Transport Secretary Sir George Young standing outside St James Park tube Station in London today. Mr Young confirmed that the Government wants to privatise the London Underground, he is to announce the details in a Commons statement this afternoon 25 Feb 1997

  • A passer-by stops to look at Floral tributes as London's rush hour ground to a halt tonight (Tuesday) as commuters stopped to pay their respects to the 31 people who were killed in the King's Cross fire disaster 10 years ago. A minute's silence at 7pm across the capital's underground followed a brief service at King's Cross station attended by families of victims of the tragedy, and members of the London Fire Brigade and British Transport Police, and London Underground staff 18 Nov 1997

  • Commuters travel past London's largest landscape painting along the wall of the Trav-o-lator (moving walkway) at Bank Underground Station in London after it was unveiled earlier today (Monday). The 282 foot, 1.5 million mural, which is American Airlines' latest advertising campaign, depicts a 5,000 mile East to West trip across the USA 26 Jan 1998

  • English former athlete and politician Sebastian Coe aboard a tube in the London Underground 28 Apr 1998

  • Protestors sitting on top of an underground train Monday unfurl a banner at London's Bank Station after members of the Reclaim the Street Movement brought trains on the Central Line platform to a halt for 30 minutes 13/07/1998

  • Covent Garden tube station is closed, as tube trains were cancelled and stations closed because of a strike on London Underground. A 48-hour walk-out by members of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union over job security led to 25 stations being closed. 16/07/02 : Talks aimed at averting a strike which will cause travel chaos for millions of passengers were being held with time running out for a breakthrough in a row over safety. Workers on London Underground are due to walk out for 24 hours from 8pm on Wednesday, which will cripple Tube services throughout Thursday. Leaders of the Rail Maritime and Transport union were meeting LU officials today in an 11th hour bid to avert the strike.

  • Transport Minister John Reid and Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott (R) travel on a tube train to open the first phase of London Underground Jubilee Line extension. Prescott took the 7-minute trip south from Stratford in East London to the Dome at Greenwich

  • Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair travels on the newly built Jubilee Line extension on the London Underground, en route to the Millennium Dome in Greenwich 21 Dec 1999:

  • A woman traveller rides on an escalator in the renovated Westminster Underground station designed by Michael Hopkins & Partners architects, part of the London Underground Jubilee line extension 26 Jan 2000

  • Lifelike models of actor Sean Connery and singer Kylie Minogue, on the platform of Baker Street London Underground station. *Research conducted by Madame Tussaud's reveals that visitors to London put the tube in the top three attractions in their visit to London. According to the results London's history, shopping and underground network are the highlights whereas the weather, food and prices are the low points. 16 Mar 2000

  • A lifelike model of presenter Chris Evans is admired by a young boy, on the platform of Baker Street London Underground station. Research conducted by Madame Tussaud's reveals that visitors to London put the tube in the top three attractions in their visit to London. According to the results London's history, shopping and underground network are the highlights whereas the weather, food and prices are the low points 16 Mar 2000

  • Police evacuate Westminster Underground Station in London after bomb disposal experts performed a controlled explosion on a suspect device found on a London tube line near Ealing station. * The security alert brought chaos to tens of thousands of rail travellers as commuter trains and services to and from the west of England, South Wales and the Heathrow Express which also travel through Ealing Broadway were hit 19 Jul 2000

  • The London Underground train which was hit by a falling tree as it was travelling between Osterley and Boston Manor near Hounslow, south west London, after a night of hurricane winds and torrential rain 30 Oct 2000

  • The scene outside White City Underground Station near the BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane, London, following an explosion which destroyed a taxi in the early hours of 04/03/01. Coded warnings were received by the police and bomb disposal teams attempted to carry out a controlled explosion when the bomb went off.

  • The emergency services arrive on the scene at Chancery Lane Underground Station in London after a tube train hit a tunnel wall 25 Jan 2003

  • Justin Manser performs on the first day of licensed busking on the London Underground at Canary Wharf station, the first of 12 stations to host legal buskers across a total of 25 pitches from Dockalnds to the West End 19 May 2003

  • The Oyster car pre-payment system was introduced in July 2003

  • A train on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway), in London 9 Apr 2004

  • Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Olympic bid, unveils a giant banner at the BT centre 14 Feb 2005

  • 14 dancers from the UK's Rambert Dance Company perform extracts from their 'Constant Speed' production on an escalator 17 Jan 2005

  • Prime Minister Tony Blair (left) and Deputy John Prescott visit St. James's Underground Station in London to attend a meeting to signify their support for the tube Improvements 22 Jul 1999

  • Escalators at Canning Town tube station, designed by architects Troughton McAslan, now open as part of the London Underground Jubilee line extension 11 Nov 1999

"Rebuilt stations, new trains and signalling systems mean we are now running some of the most frequent metro services anywhere in Europe. To meet the challenge of London's growing population and development, we must continue to invest and deliver even more efficiently in future.

"Our vision is for a Tube network and service that is truly fit for London and our customers in the 21st century - a better face-to-face service at our stations, a 24-hour service at weekends, with easier and more personalised ways to plan and pay for journeys, on and off our network."

Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union, accused Boris Johnson of being the "hypocrite of the decade", saying the announcement would lead to the closure of all 268 Tube ticket offices by the end of next year.

"It beggars belief that the Mayor who was elected in 2008 on a pledge to keep open every ticket office is now planning to close every single one, with all that means for safety and jobs.

"We shall be launching a joint campaign with Labour to reverse this decision and we urge all Londoners to back this campaign to prevent Boris's Long March to the leadership of the Tory system on the back of his lasting legacy of a second class Tube network.

"He will leave behind the most expensive Tube in the world and one of the most badly supervised with mobile station supervisers replacing permanent supervisors."

Shadow London minister Sadiq Khan said: "The mayor of London has today ripped up his manifesto promise to the people of London. As a result of his plans, Londoners will feel more anxious travelling at times when stations may be deserted.

"Commuters will have nowhere to turn when their Oyster card is lost, stolen or broken. It will make the daily commute more difficult for everyone but, more worryingly, there are serious concerns about whether there will be enough staff at London's busy stations to respond in emergency situations.

"We support looking at the way TfL staff work so that it reflects the changing needs of the modern underground system, but the mayor is using this as an excuse to cut staffing levels, which is reckless and irresponsible."

The Rail Maritime and Transport union raised the threat of industrial action.

General Secretary Bob Crow said: "No matter how this is dressed up by Boris Johnson and his officials, today's announcement is all about slashing almost £250 million from the annual London transport budget and the proposed cuts will decimate staffing levels and hit the most vulnerable users of tube services the hardest.

"The mayor must believe he is some sort of magician if he thinks he can slash jobs and still run safe services when everyone knows that staffing has already been cut to the bone while passenger demand continues to rise.

"Throwing in the plan for night time operation at the weekends is just a smokescreen to try and camouflage the real issue which is a savage cuts to jobs, access and safety.

"Any move to run through the night would require huge additional capacity and staffing and wholesale changes to fleet and infrastructure maintenance that would require the agreement of the Tube unions and the issue has only been flagged up today as a diversion from the massive cuts agenda.

"Axing staff and ticket offices is part of the drive to a faceless, automated Tube where you take your chances the moment you step onto a station, a platform or a train.

"We will work with sister unions and the public to fight these plans and that means using every campaigning, political and industrial tool at our disposal and our executive will be looking at a timetable and a strategy for that campaign, including a ballot for industrial action, later today."

Raising a point of order in the House of Commons, Labour MP John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington) said the job cuts would undermine passenger safety on platforms.

He said: "In the last half an hour the mayor has announced, although a welcome extension to the Tube service at night time by a few hours at the weekends, 750 job cuts.

"Now that clearly relates to the deal he did with the Department for Transport and with the Treasury in the Budget for this year and clearly the Government has a role in the scale of job cuts that is taking place on the London Underground, which will undermine safety on platforms for many of our constituents.

"I wondered whether we were to receive any notice of a statement at all from the Government?"

Speaker John Bercow said he had not been notified by any Government minister that there would be a statement in the Commons today.