Deep cover: The East London Line Highbury & Islington extension

Nancy Jason: Oh, David, you've gotta get out of this business. You have a wife and a daughter who love you. I love you. What more do you want?
David Jason [Yes...]: I want my cake and eat it too. I want my cake and eat it too.

Londonist has a photo feature from one of the only underground parts of the Overground, the "Western Curve" tunnel that burrows for 350 metres through Dalston. If you want to see how the ELL extension to Highbury and Islington [2.1km in total] is taking shape, click here.

The ELL extension to Highbury & Islington opens in May 2011.

26 comments:

drakefell debaser said...

Can I just pre-empt Lou Baker, Headhunter and Tamsin by saying that yes, we get it, the ELL is shit but extremely usefull for a huge amount of people.

Thanks.

Mr Mole. said...

Woo,a tunnel.

Brockley Nick said...

"I never actually use the ELL and I know that it isn't the ELL's fault that the Brockley trains don't run to Charing X at the moment, but I still blame it anyway. And although I actually use St John's which does have trains to Charing X, I am still bitter about it on behalf of a hypothetical Headhunter who lives nearer Brockley station."
- Headhunter (or words to that effect)

Pedant one of many said...

Surely some mistake?

It's either

One of the few……… OR
The only……….

Isn't it?

Anonymous said...

for those of you who want to know who Headhunter is - i have a photo.

http://www.tvthrong.co.uk/files/u1670/stuart_baggs_0.jpg

Brockley Nick said...

@Pedant, Knock yourself out: http://bit.ly/9PN5CZ

"The expression can best be described as an idiom, a phrase that is characteristic of our language but one that does not necessarily follow the rules of grammar."

TM again said...

Nick

On the basis that your backup evidence for the usage comes from Knoxville TN and quotes Bristol Palin, I'm with pedant on this one.

;-)

Brockley Jon said...

@Mole, I love a good tunnel, and that's not even an innuendo. Mmmmm, engineering...

Harry Hill said...

I love a good tunnel but I am also partial to a nice viaduct.

But which is better etc etc

Mr Mole said...

So do I Nick,and this saves me digging one.

Anonymous said...

tunnels... heavy engineering...

oh, I've come again

free range quack said...

I’m usure as to what is more serious, anon. The sexual attraction to heavy machinery or the absence of humour in your posts.

Anonymous said...

does anyone know what the the journey time will be from Brockley to Highbury and Islington?

Anonymous said...

What a load of tosh! The ELL is history and is now a part of the Overground network, which already has a tunnel - the Thames tunnel.

Osh said...

eh? What was that last post on about?

patrick1971 said...

I've only used the East London Line about six times since it reopened, and I do think it's a good idea. But every time I've used it it has been screwed up.

On Wednesday I got to Shoreditch High Street station at 2012. The boards showed a train to West Croydon at 2016. 2016 came, train showing at 2017. 2017 came, train showing at 2018. And so on until 2021, when the train vanished. No announcements or anything. A train finally showed up at 2029, going to Crystal Palace. This has been par for the course every time I've used it.

Does it happen all the time, or have I just been VERY unlucky as an infrequent user?

patrick1971 said...

P.S. I am not Lou Baker.

Lou Baker said...

@Patrick

I am Lou and it's always screwed up when I try to use it too.

Brockley Nick said...

As a daily user, I can honestly say it's much more reliable than the trains and at least as reliable as the rest of the tube network in my experience.

Anonymous said...

"As a daily user"

yep, drugs will help the journey

Monkeyboy said...

Use it everyday, it's fine normally..certainly no worse than southern.

Lou Baker said...

@monkey

TFL should use that in their advertising:

"The Overground: no worse than Southern."

Incidentally did anyone notice Southern and South Eastern both introduced emergency timetables for tomorrow BEFORE there was any snow.

Obviously there is zero chance of them sticking to the emergency timetable anyway but the fact that they preempted it by slashing services speaks volumes.

Mb said...

@Lou, yes that would be a very British tagline.

Monkeyboy said...

Hurrah! The new ELL timetable 00:31 from Canada water. No earthly use to Lou of course, he has a morbid fear of interchanging. Apparently 33mins to H&I when it opens. The sunlit uplands of Islington awaits the refugees from SE London

Mogwof said...

Dyselxia lures again. I read "a very British tagline" as "a very British tagine" and a lovely picture of sausages and mushrooms popped into my head.

Anonymous said...

Not sure if this is the right thread but on tonights railway journeys programme with Portillo (BBC2 6.30pm) he reported on this line and the tunnel under the river from Rotherhithe. I'm absolutely not a railway/train/tunnel buff but even I found it interesting! Not sure when if or it's repeated but it's probably on iplayer.

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