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London Overground Future Acquisitions
Following the completion of the first phase of the London Overground network in December 2012, TfL has expressed its intention to take over the operation of other suburban lines in the London area. As with the original London Overground system, this would involve devolving National Rail services from the DfT's franchising system to a TfL-managed concession.
On 21 January 2016 it was announced consideration was being given to the possibility of gradually transferring the suburban services operated by Southeastern, South West Trains and Govia Thameslink Railway (Great Northern and Southern) to TfL to create a London Suburban Metro.
London Overground Past Attempts on Acquiring Routes
In 2012–13, TfL and the Greater London Authority publicised a proposal for further expansion, identifying a number of services in North-East and South-East London as suitable candidates.
Part of this proposal was fulfilled in May 2015 with the transfer of the Lea Valley and Romford-Upminster Lines out of Liverpool Street to the London Overground network, but TfL's aim of acquiring Southeastern metro services currently remains at the proposal stage.
Under this scheme, TfL would take over rail services out of London Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Street to Dartford, Sevenoaks, Orpington and Hayes, but this was rejected following spending cuts imposed by the 2013 United Kingdom budget. The possibility of TfL acquiring routes out of London Bridge has also been discussed.
In October 2015, the prospect of London Overground expansion was raised again when the London Assembly Transport Committee published a report which advocated the devolution of a number of commuter rail services and the creation of a "South London Metro". In particular, the report identified four rail franchises due for renewal which could be taken over by TfL:
Kent County Council had initially expressed opposition to the Dartford route plans on account of limited capacity for Kent express trains being lost to expanded TfL services, but after negotiations with the London Assembly, reached an agreement to support the proposals.
London Overground Greenford Branch
The Department for Transport has proposed that Transport for London should take over the Greenford to West Ealing line in West London. This would bring Greenford, South Greenford, Castle Bar Park, Drayton Green and West Ealing into the Overground network.
Trains on this branch used to run directly to Paddington, but were curtailed at West Ealing in order to free up line capacity for the forthcoming Crossrail services, with West Ealing reconstructed to allow Greenford branch trains to terminate there. If this proposal were to go ahead, it would happen when the Greater Western franchise ends in 2023.
London Overground West London Orbital
Proposals to reopen the Dudding Hill Line to passenger services as part of the London Overground have been mooted for several years. In June 2019, TfL published a report examining the possibility of opening the line as a London Overground branch line connecting Hounslow with Cricklewood and Hendon, with stations at Harlesden, Lionel Road, Hythe Road, Neasden and Brent Cross.
London Overground Crowd Information
In 2017 it was reported that a system is being trialled at Shoreditch High Street station that indicates the crowding in each train carriage. The technology, already in use on Thameslink trains, helps passengers find the least crowded carriage when boarding a train and should reduce dwell times at stations. If the trial is successful, it will be rolled out across the London Overground network.
London Overground Overview
London Overground Owner: Transport for London
London Overground Locale: Greater London and Hertfordshire
London Overground Transit Type: Commuter rail
London Overground Number of lines: 6
London Overground Number of Stations: 113 served (81 operated)
London Overground Annual Ridership: 189 million
London Overground Began Operation: 11 November 2007; 15 years ago
London Overground Operator(s): Arriva Rail London (2016–2024)
London Overground Reporting Marks: LO (National Rail)
London Overground System Length: 167 km (103.8 mi)
London Overground Track Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge
London Overground Electrification:
25 kV 50 Hz AC overhead
750 V DC third rail
London Overground Network Map
Bush Hill Park
Caledonian Road & Barnsbury
Clapham High Street
Finchley Road & Frognal
Harringay Green Lanes
Harrow & Wealdstone
Highbury & Islington
Honor Oak Park
Kentish Town West
Kilburn High Road
Leyton Midland Road
Leytonstone High Road
New Cross Gate
Queens Road Peckham
Shoreditch High Street
St. James Street
Walthamstow Queen's Road
Watford High Street
White Hart Lane