Passengers on London Overground will benefit from extended and extra services that are being introduced on the network in time for Christmas.
From December 14, permanent timetable changes will boost services across the network. Four extra trains will be added to the Gospel Oak to Barking line to help relieve congestion. Four services on the East London line will also be extended so that they terminate at the interchange at Highbury & Islington, rather than terminating at Dalston Junction as they do now.
These improvements are in addition to the increased capacity being delivered through the new five-carriage trains, which Transport for London (TfL) began to roll out earlier this month. The new carriages are being introduced on the East London and North London routes and have space for an extra 170 customers in each carriage, adding 25 per cent extra capacity to the network. This will make journeys better for the hundreds of thousands of people who use the network every day.
Assembly Member for Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest, Jennette Arnold OBE, said: “The London Overground line is one of my favourite lines on the TfL network. Since it opened, its popularity has increased year-on-year and has opened up excellent opportunities for people to travel around London.”
“While there are still outstanding issues that need to be resolved, such as the electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking line, and the reduction in the noise around the Holywell Curve stretch at Shoreditch (campaigns which I am playing an active role in), the increase in the number of carriages and the number of services are excellent steps in the right direction. I pay tribute to campaign groups, such as the Barking-Gospel Oak Line User Group, spearheaded by Glenn Wallis and Graham Larkbey, who I have worked closely with throughout discussions with TfL, and look forward to seeing the new, longer trains and extended timetables in action.”
Additional and extended services:
Gospel Oak to Barking Line additional services:
- 06:06am Barking to Gospel Oak;
- 17:18 South Tottenham to Gospel Oak;
- 17:37 Gospel Oak to Barking;
- 18:58 Barking to Upper Holloway.
East London Line – Monday to Saturday
- Four East London Line trains – two early services and two later services – will be extended from Dalston Junction to Highbury & Islington and therefore run earlier and later.
East London Line – Sunday
- The 07:20 Clapham Junction to Highbury & Islington will start from Battersea Park.
North London Line – Monday to Friday
- The 14:31 and 15:01 Clapham Junction to Willesden Junction services will be extended to terminate at Stratford;
- Two Willesden Junction to Clapham Junction services will be extended to start back from Stratford at 15:21 and 16:05;
- London Overground is set to carry 135m people per year – a four fold increase in passenger numbers since TfL took over management of the network in 2007;
- Please see https://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/london-overground/london-overground-timetables after December 14 for details of changes to the East London Line services.