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London Overground - E
London Overground Livery
  • All Capitalstar and Aventra stock in service now carries Overground livery. It is similar to Underground livery, and consists of white and black coaches, a longitudinal thick blue stripe and a thin orange stripe along the bottom, London Overground roundels at midpoints along the coaches, black window-surrounds and orange doors.
  • The ends of each Class 378 unit are painted yellow to comply with the National Rail standards that existed when the first wave of new trains began to enter service in 2009. However, Class 710 units do not have this as they were introduced into service after new standards released by the RSSB since most trains now have European-styled headlights allowing for better visibility from afar, unlike before when they needed the yellow fronts for visibility.
  • The seat upholstery features a moquette by fabric designers Wallace Sewell.
  • As railway lines have been transferred to London Overground operation, services are sometimes operated using rolling stock inherited from the previous train operating company, and for a temporary period these trains have been branded with transitional livery until they are replaced with newer rolling stock.
  • When the first London Overground services began, they were operated using Silverlink rolling stock which retained Silverlink's purple and lime green livery with yellow doors. The Silverlink logos were removed and Overground banners were added. This rolling stock was eventually completely replaced with new, Overground-branded trains.
  • Similarly, since the takeover of the Lea Valley lines, Overground services are being run with trains inherited from Abellio Greater Anglia which are mostly in a plain white livery with red doors. Prior to replacement of this rolling stock, the trains were repainted with full Overground livery and the interiors refurbished with Walace Sewell upholstery and TfL standard signage and route maps.
  • In June 2018, London Overground unveiled its first complete Class 710 unit, complete with a newly designed livery and moquette. In October, it then began a programme to refresh the Class 378 fleet, giving them a livery designed to appear similar to the one designed for the Class 710.
London Overground Recent Developments
  • Gospel Oak to Barking Line
London Overground Electrification
It was announced in June 2013 that £115 million of funding for electrification was being made available as part of upgrades to rail infrastructure included in the government's 2013 spending round. At the same time Transport for London announced that they had obtained a £90 million commitment from the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Transport.
In September 2015, Network Rail awarded the £56.9m contract to electrify the line to J. Murphy & Sons. Part closures (on weekends and from South Tottenham to Barking) were planned from June to late September 2016, followed by a full closure from October to February 2017, and further evening and weekend works until late June 2017, and finally around four months of further work to add the wires so that electric Class 710 trains can run from early 2018. The line was to be electrified using the NR Series 2 OLE range.
London Overground Extension to Barking Riverside
It was announced as part of the 2014 United Kingdom budget that the Gospel Oak to Barking line would be extended to Barking Riverside station. £263 million was to be spent to extend the line to the brownfield 10,800-home Barking Riverside housing development, which Barking and Dagenham Council did not believe to be viable without improved transport connections.
The developers of the site, Barking Riverside Limited, would provide £172 million towards the project, with the remainder coming from Transport for London. Construction started in 2017 and was planned to be completed by 2021. London Overground services started running to Barking Riverside on 18 July 2022.
London Overground Night Service
London Overground began running 24-hour trains on Friday and Saturday nights, similar to the Night Tube of London Underground, between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate from 15 December 2017.
In February 2018 the service was extended to Highbury & Islington, which interchanges with overnight services of the Victoria line.
London Overground Proposed Developments
  • Watford DC line move to Bakerloo
In 2007, TfL proposed re-extending the Bakerloo line to Watford Junction. It was suggested that most or all of the line from Queen's Park to Watford Junction would be used exclusively by the London Underground; London Overground services would be withdrawn.
As part of this change, Overground services would have been diverted at Primrose Hill Junction via Primrose Hill (closed to passengers since 1992) to Camden Road, providing a new service between Queen's Park and Stratford. Had this change taken place, Kilburn High Road and South Hampstead would no longer have had direct services to Euston station, hindering access to central London.
The official Croxley Rail document states, "Bakerloo Line extension to Watford Unlikely" and "TfL’s plans to extend the Bakerloo Line to Watford Junction are on hold indefinitely due to funding and business case constraints".
London Overground Croxley Link
Plans were approved in 2011 for the Croxley Rail Link, diverting the Watford branch of London Underground's Metropolitan line to Watford Junction via Watford High Street, where it would share tracks with the Overground. However, in early 2017 this scheme was paused due to funding issues.
London Overground Old Oak Common Interchange
  • A long-term plan exists to create an interchange with High Speed 2 at the proposed Old Oak Common station. Planning documents issued by the DfT suggest that the new station, on a site just south of Willesden Junction, could open by 2025 and offer connections with the Overground on both the North London and West London lines.
  • The station would also be served by Crossrail, Great Western Main Line services and Heathrow Express, and the proposals indicate the possibility of interchange with the Bakerloo and Central lines. The plans are supported by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
  • In June 2013, the Mayor of London and the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham released 'vision' consultation documents about the Old Oak Common area. These documents mention various connections to the London Overground system, linking Old Oak to the North London line, West London line, and to two new London Overground branches, to Hounslow, and – via the Dudding Hill Line – to Thameslink stations on the Midland Main Line.
  • In October 2017, Tfl began a public consultation on the construction of two new Overground stations, Hythe Road on the West London line and Old Oak Common Lane on the North London line. If built, these stations would provide interchange between London Overground and Old Oak Common station.
London Overground Thamesmead Extension
In addition to the plan to extend the Gospel Oak to Barking line to Barking Riverside, there are also proposals to extend it further under the River Thames to a station in Thamesmead, and then on Abbey Wood to connect with the Elizabeth line.
Transport for London has confirmed that the Mayor has asked them to look at both the Overground extension from Barking Riverside and a DLR extension, for connecting to Thamesmead.
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
Acton Central
Barking Riverside
Battersea Park
Bethnal Green
Blackhorse Road
Brondesbury Park
Bruce Grove
Bush Hill Park
Caledonian Road & Barnsbury
Cambridge Heath
Camden Road
Canada Water
Carpenders Park
Clapham High Street
Clapham Junction
Crouch Hill
Crystal Palace
Dalston Junction
Dalston Kingsland
Denmark Hill
Edmonton Green
Emerson Park
Enfield Town
Finchley Road & Frognal
Forest Hill
Gospel Oak
Green Lanes
Hackney Central
Hackney Downs
Hackney Wick
Hampstead Heath
Harringay Green Lanes
Harrow & Wealdstone
Hatch End
Headstone Lane
Highams Park
Highbury & Islington
Honor Oak Park
Imperial Wharf
Kensal Green
Kensal Rise
Kensington (Olympia)
Kentish Town West
Kew Gardens
Kilburn High Road
Leyton Midland Road
Leytonstone High Road
Liverpool Street
London Fields
New Cross
New Cross Gate
North Wembley
Norwood Junction
Peckham Rye
Penge West
Queen's Park
Queens Road Peckham
Rectory Road
Seven Sisters
Shepherd's Bush
Shoreditch High Street
Silver Street
South Acton
South Kenton
South Hampstead
South Tottenham
St. James Street
Stamford Hill
Stoke Newington
Stonebridge Park
Surrey Quays
Theobalds Grove
Turkey Street
Upper Holloway
Walthamstow Central
Walthamstow Queen's Road
Wandsworth Road
Wanstead Park
Watford High Street
Watford Junction
West Brompton
West Croydon
West Hampstead
White Hart Lane
Willesden Junction
Woodgrange Park
Wood Street
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