Tube unions have sensationally said the proposed Night Tube 'will happen' after confirming they will no longer be taking part in industrial action on the London Underground next week.
In an announcement on Thursday (January 21), TSSA and ASLEF unions said they made progress in talks with London Underground bosses and have suspended strike action, with just a vote of approval separating London from an overnight service.
Rail union RMT however, will decide on Monday (January 25) on whether to take strike action starting on Tuesday.
Speaking to getwestlondon , an ASLEF spokesman said: “The strike action has been suspended pending a ballot of our members and if they vote to accept this deal, which is a very good deal, the Night Tube will happen.”
ASLEF previously recommended that unions back out of the strikes after initial response to new offers was favourable.
Tube staff have been offered a four-day work week of 36 hours on the Jubilee line, and payments of £500 each in an attempt to get the Night Tube up and running.
Rail union Unite previously suspended industrial action .
'Can't rule out future strike action'
TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said that he can't rule out strike action in February.
"Londoners should have been using a Night Tube service since the beginning of December and would have if management hadn't dragged this dispute out for months."
"We are not the unreasonable ones. Our members have been deprived of a pay rise for over a year and are having new conditions imposed on them by LU which aren't thought through and raise serious concerns about passenger and industry safety.
"I pay tribute to the valiant efforts of our members whose resolve has ensured that their safety concerns cannot be swept under the carpet. It does appear that LU management have at long last started to listen so in an act of their good will towards our passengers and as a further show of our good faith towards LU, we won't take industrial action next week.
"But we do remain in dispute with them over very serious issues related to station safety and security and so can't rule out future strike action pencilled in for February.
"Again I call on Boris Johnson to show good faith towards tube workers and London's commuters by putting their safety above political posturing for Tory backbenchers from the shires and ask him to meet directly with me to resolve these matters once and for all."
Two 24-hour strikes still look to be going ahead next month, on Monday (February 15) and Wednesday (February 17).
Transport for London have been approached for comment.