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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:
  • the South Western franchise from London Waterloo to South West London suburbs.
  • the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise (Great Northern and Southern metro services) out of Moorgate to North London and out of London Bridge/Victoria to South London suburbs.
  • the Integrated Kent franchise (Southeastern metro services) out of Victoria/Charing Cross/Cannon Street/London Bridge to South East London suburbs.
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 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
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