Crucial London overground rail link opens three months early
Posted: 28 February 2011 | | No comments yet
Rail link allows passengers to move swiftly between north London, the City, Docklands & the south of the capital opened three months ahead of schedule…
Rail link allows passengers to move swiftly between north London, the City, Docklands & the south of the capital opened three months ahead of schedule...
A crucial rail link that will allow passengers to move swiftly between north London, the City, Docklands and the south of the capital was opened three months ahead of schedule today (28 February) by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
The 2.1km link between Highbury and Islington station (on London Overground’s Richmond to Stratford Line) and Dalston Junction (on London Overground’s East London Line) will mean passengers using Victoria Line Tube services or National Rail services stopping at Highbury and Islington can now use fast London Overground services to reach the north, east or south of the capital.
It will be particularly valuable for Londoners and visitors heading to Stratford for the London 2012 Games, providing another way for millions of passengers to reach the Olympic Park.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “We are piecing together a rail version of the M25 in the capital, an orbital rail link that is making it vastly easier for millions of Londoners to whizz from one side of the city to another. This relatively short stretch of track will link three sides of the city and mean people can scoot around the edges of the capital on fast, reliable rail connections without needing to head into central London.
“Our engineers have performed marvels to complete their work three months early and it will provide a crucial connection for people heading to the Olympic Park next year.”
The link and the recently-opened East London route are expected to see 33 million passengers this year and will be served by London Overground’s fleet of 20 air-conditioned and walk- through Electrostar trains. For the second month in a row London Overground has topped the nation’s rail league tables for punctuality with 96.4 per cent of it trains arriving on time in January.
Mike Brown, Managing Director of London Rail, said: “The London Overground network continues to grow and offer Londoners real alternatives to journeys requiring a trip through central London. This link will be a huge help to passengers based on London’s outer fringes – in Hertfordshire and Welwyn Garden City for example, and for those who travel into the capital on the Victoria or Piccadilly Tube lines.
“With its fast and frequent service on a new fleet of air-conditioned, high capacity trains and refurbished stations, London Overground’s network is setting the standard for the future of urban rail travel.”