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Delays on new Clapham train route

London’s Overground service. Pic: Transport for London

The East London Line extension to Clapham Junction is living up to its title of the “M25 of rail”, as it grinds to a halt just three days after opening.

Signalling failures at Peckham Rye left Overground trains suspended for an hour between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction on Tuesday afternoon.

Howard Smith, Chief Operating Officer for London Rail at TfL, told Eastlondonlines: “A signal failure near Peckham Rye caused services to be suspended between 13:05 and 14:00 today. This fault occurred on existing rail, not on new infrastructure brought into use last Sunday. We apologise to our passengers for any inconvenience caused.”

Trains are now running normally again.

The £75m extension to the East London Line is maintained by Network Rail and started running services on Sunday. Boris Johnson called the new line the “M25 of rail”, as it now forms an orbital service around London.

A passenger survey in June this year showed that 88 per cent of passengers were satisfied with the reliability of the Overground network, a nine per cent rise from the previous year.

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