R.I.P East London Line, Hello London Overground!
Published 13 July 2010
While the old line closed as the East London Line on 22nd December 2007, it was reopened as London Overground on 27th April 2010. The preview service was opened by Major Boris Johnson who saw through the completion of a 20 year old project which had been funded by the previous London Mayor, Ken Livingstone. The preview service ran between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate, Monday to Friday 7am -8pm.
With four new stations and refurbishments to 14 other stations, this orange and silver line complete with 70’s style upholstery, reminiscent of the old Routemasters, has been extended from New Cross Gate to West Croydon with a branch off to Crystal Palace. At its northern end, Shoreditch has been replaced by Shoreditch High Street and the line has been extended up to Dalston Junction. The full service runs from 5:40 am – 11:40pm Monday to Saturday and 7am -11:40pm on Sundays, and during peak times trains between Dalston Junction and Surrey Quays operate at least every five minutes, with each of the three branches going South from Surrey Quays having a frequency of around 15 minutes.
Unlike most of the trains on the London Underground, the new trains on this line boast air conditioning and a new type of design which means there are no doors in between the carriages; you could run from one end of the train to the other if you really wanted to! The carriages are also wider than the London Undeground ones, with lots of standing space in the middle between the seats. In addition, many of the stations, newly built for this London Overground extension, have excellent accessibility for wheelchair and disabled users
Further extensions to the line are planned, with the first due to be completed in 2011 and the second in 2012. The first extension will link Dalston Junction with Canonbury and Highbury & Islington stations. The second extension will link the line with Clapham Junction and have stops at Queens Road, Peckham, Peckham Rye, Denmark Hill, Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Road.
Although the new tube map shows Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland as interchange stations, in reality you will have to leave the stations and walk at street level to access them. Oyster cards can be used on London Overground services and are charged at the same rates as the tube. However, PAYG users are advised to tap in and out whenever they see a pink Oyster Card reader, as this is the only way to ensure that the correct pay-as-you-go fare is calculated
The following is the latest 2010 map of the whole London Overground Line (click to enlarge):