The dispute around London's long-awaited Night Tube service seems to be nearing an end after members of one of the largest Tube unions involved in the pay and work conditions row backed an offer from London Underground (LU) bosses.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) union, which represents workers and drivers on the network, revealed a vast majority (84%) of its members voted in favour of the proposed deal. Mick Cash, the union's general secretary, paid tribute to his LU members as part of the announcement.
"Those members have now voted to accept the most recent offer from the company – an offer that was only made after the hard work by union reps in the negotiations backed up by the loyalty, determination and militancy of the workforce right across the tube network," he said.
Tube drivers' union Aslef and the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, which represents station staff, are also expected to give the pay and work conditions offer a green light.
However Unite, which represents around 600 workers on the network, rejected the pay deal and the union's negotiator has called for further talks with LU bosses.
The RMT development means the capital is one step closer to seeing a Night Tube service, which was originally scheduled to roll-out across four major lines in September 2015.
However, the industrial dispute pushed its launch date back to autumn 2015 and then sometime in 2016.
Transport for London have hired and are training part-time drivers for the weekend service and Steve Griffiths, LU's chief operating, officer told IBTimes UK that the Night Tube should roll-out this year.