London Overground is to take control of an additional ten stations from the end of this month as the service prepare for the completion of the new East London line.
The stations – New Cross Gate, Brockley, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, Sydenham, Crystal Palace, Penge, West Anerley, Norwood Junction, and West Croydon – will come under Transport for London’s control from Sunday 20th September.
Since launching in November 2007 the surface based rail service has seen major improvements in station maintenance, security and information. Passengers have also been able to benefit from the use of Oyster ticketing.
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor’s Transport Advisor, said: “Where London Overground have taken control of rail stations, passengers have benefited from real improvements with security, information, and levels of service all getting a boost. The Mayor is keen to see these improvements being delivered by TfL at the additional ten stations, benefitting the many South London rail passengers. This will be a precursor to the significant improvements passengers can look forward to next year when we open the extended East London Line as part of the London Overground network.”
Funding for the second phase of the East London Line, which will complete the London Overground network and create an orbital railway around the capital, was agreed in February.
The scheme will link Surrey Quays on the East London line extension to Clapham Junction, providing direct links to the City and Docklands and will be completed before the 2012 Games.