London Overground’s new East London line will fully open on Sunday 23rd May, with services between Dalston Junction and West Croydon/Crystal Palace.
To celebrate this achievement, we are offering free travel on the line to the first 10,000 passengers on the opening day. Travel passes will be available from the twenty one stations, so if you decide to travel on the day please ask a member of station staff for your free pass (terms and conditions apply). We are hoping that many members of the local community will use this opportunity to discover the attractions that the line has to offer. Copies of the London Overground ‘Up and Running’ leaflet, outlining key places of interest along the line, will be available at all stations from Sunday.
The project has been successfully completed ahead of schedule, in an impressive 2.5 years and is the biggest piece of transport infrastructure for London since the opening of the Jubilee Line extension in 1999. The line links communities and offers access to employment, education and recreation centres for thousands of passengers who have traditionally been poorly served by rail.
A brand new fleet of 20 trains will run seven days a week providing a turn up and go service, with a train every 5 minutes between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate. The spacious trains, formed of four carriages with air conditioning, will stop at four brand new step free access stations (Dalston Junction, Haggerston, Hoxton and Shoreditch High Street) and will also stop at the existing stations that are due to be fully refurbished by early 2011.
The line has a fast, high frequency service which will start running at the earliest at 5.40am and the last trains will be at 11.40pm Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, trains will run from approximately 6.45am until 11.20pm. Please check details in the pocket timetables available at your local station and online from the Transport for London (TfL) website at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/6391.aspx from Sunday.
TfL have invested £1bn in the extension and upgrade of the line. A huge amount of work has been completed, including the construction of a new maintenance depot at New Cross Gate and the construction of four new step free access stations. The London Underground line was upgraded to National Rail standards, tracks were built between Whitechapel and Dalston Junction, old bridges have also been renewed and new ones installed. We also undertook a number of live exercises to assess the efficiency of our emergency procedures.
The new line will be further extended to the north, connecting to the existing London Overground network at Highbury &Islington, in Spring 2011. It is predicted that 33m people will use the line in 2011 and demand is forecast to increase to 40m in 2016.
We are proud to deliver this large project on time, and look forward to completing the work on the extension to Clapham Junction, which will complete the orbital London Overground rail network around the capital. The line is also a key component of the transport plans for the 2012 Games, and the line will leave an important transport and regeneration legacy to Eastand South London.