In a report to the Sydenham Society and other stakeholders, TfL reports the latest news on the East London Line.
Written Update – London Overground 13 December 2010
1. Dalston Junction – West Croydon service
Performance on the Dalston Junction / West Croydon route is the highest on the Overground network. On average 95.4% of trains, arrive within 5 minutes of their scheduled arrival time.
Customer satisfaction levels on the new Dalston Junction – West Croydon route have been high since it opened. The key stats from the most recent customer satisfaction surveys are:
- Overall satisfaction score of 86 out of 100 (Overground network average was 81)
- General punctuality score of 84 out of 100 (Overground network average was 77)
- Service frequency score of 83 out of 100 (Overground network average was 71), reflecting the value of the high frequency 5 minute service provided on the core section.
- October 2010 passenger counts on the Dalston Junction – West Croydon route showed that the number of journeys undertaken per weekday on the route had risen to 70,000 (compared with 40,000 in the first full month of operation).
2. London Overground extension to Clapham Junction
- The Government’s recent Spending Review announcement re-confirmed the funding for the London Overground extension to Clapham Junction, so TfL London Rail continues to press on with the project.
- The construction works will be split into new railway works (which will be developed and delivered by TfL), and On-Network works, i.e. those to existing National Rail infrastructure (which will be developed and delivered by Network Rail).
- Tender responses have now been received for the TfL works, i.e. construction of the new 1.3km railway ink between Surrey Quays station and the existing South London Line at the Old Kent Road (largely within LB Lewisham). It is expected that the contract will be awarded in early 2011 and construction work will start in spring of 2011.
- Network Rail is continuing with the design of the connections into the existing national rail network and the works at Clapham Junction required for the scheme.
- When the construction works are complete in late 2012, London Overground services will run from Clapham Junction to Dalston Junction via Surrey Quays calling at all stations en route. A fleet of new high capacity, air conditioned trains will provide a direct and frequent service of four trains per hour to Docklands (via Canada Water) and the City (via the new Shoreditch High Street station).
- The funding for the scheme did not include the cost of building a new station at Surrey Canal Road. Although TfL, Lewisham Council and other stakeholders have lobbied the Department for Transport for funding, the Department has now confirmed that it will be unable to provide the £7m required. However a site for a possible future station has been incorporated in the design of the extension so that, should funding be confirmed at a later date, it could be built with reduced disruption to the operational railway. TfL and Lewisham are continuing to work together to ensure that the design of the scheme in this area takes account of the proposed development nearby.
3. Later Dalston Junction – West Croydon services.
From 13 Dec later services will run between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate allowing late night travellers to interchange with Southern services at New Cross Gate. From 13 Dec the extra trains between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate will be the 23:47hrs, 00:01 hrs and 00:15hrs from Dalston Junction.