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New branch of Overground line linking Clapham to Whitechapel now open

Overground train at Clapham Jcn Pic: TfL

Clapham may seem a world away from Whitechapel but it is now a matter of half an hour as the London Overground network is extended.

From December 9, the East London Line has been extended to Clapham Junction from Surrey Quays via: Queens Road Peckham, Peckham Rye, Denmark Hill, Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Road

Four trains an hour in each direction now make the 40 minute journey from Clapham to Highbury and Islington through Peckham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

The new branch completes the London Overground network, making it the first orbital train line to be built in London since the Circle Line in 1884.

The suburban line now runs through 20 of London’s 33 boroughs, including Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Peckham.

London Overgroud was formed in 2007 when Transport for London took over a series of poorly run private suburban railways.

In 2010, it opened the East London Line from Dalston to Croydon. This was extended to Highbury and Islington in February 2011.

The new service to Clapham comes just as the South London Line, linking Victoria and London Bridge is being closed.

Interviewed on a trial-run of the new line, Chief Operating Officer for Rail at TfL, Howard Smith was keen to emphasise that the South London line’s closure was due to engineering works at London Bridge.

But he did say that the new service will in any case have more capacity than the discontinued service.

He attributed the popularity of the East London Line over the last two years to its reliability.

He dismissed suggestions that the line will cause congestion at Canada Water from South West Londoners commuting to Canary Wharf.

He said: “Canada Water and other stations on the line will be busy, do we see that as a terrible problem? No.”

Mike Stubbs, director of operations at Crossrail and Overground was keen to emphasise that the line will help young people in East London find jobs.

Almost a fifth of the 170,000 people living within 15 minutes of the new stations live within the top 10 per cent of the most deprived areas in London.

The extension cost £75m to build, £40m of which came from the Department for Transport.

TfL estimates that 12.3 million passengers will use the service each year.

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3 Responses to New branch of Overground line linking Clapham to Whitechapel now open

  1. James MIller

    December 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I can’t wait for it to open. London needs to take some of delapidated lines like the Lee Valley Lines under its wings.

  2. Laurence

    December 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    delighted to see further expansion of the overground network.

    Please be clear though this is an inner London route and not an outer London one, which continues to be starved on any meaningful cross borough links, save the tram, and that has failed to be extended despite many promises.

    Further over two thirds of rail and tube connections are North of the Thames.

    And finally, please reinstate the daily Zone 2 to 6 Travelcard, since many of us do not travel into or anywhere near Zone 1 – we are being fined every time we travel, or in other words pay an extra tax.

    £5.10 rose overnight to £8.00 (now £8.50).

  3. james

    December 19, 2012 at 1:24 am

    its great hearing all these expansions of tube line and saying that it will create more jobs. i have not seen any job advertisements at all. surely adding to the railway by extending it wouldn’t that mean more man power? so my question is – will there be more job opportunities in london overground ? and if so when?

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