Five carriage trains to be introduced to East London Line

Transport for London announces a much-needed boost to capacity on the ELL:

A programme to introduce five-car trains on all London Overground routes and increase the capacity of the railway by 25 cent, to meet rapidly increasing demand for the network’s services, was announced by Transport for London (TfL) today.

The £320m programme includes the construction of longer platforms and the delivery of an extra 57 carriages by mid 2015.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “Passenger numbers on our London Overground services have been going through the roof, but this important programme of investment will enable us to provide the extra carriages required for Londoners to take advantage of what has become the most popular suburban railway in the country.”

Transport for London’s Chief Operating Officer for Rail, Howard Smith, said: “Demand for London Overground – the UK’s most punctual rail service – is growing at an incredible pace.  By the end of 2012, London Overground carried 120 million passengers - nearly four times the number carried when we launched in 2007.

“To enable this positive trend to continue and maintain our high levels for safe, reliable and frequent travel, we need to deliver more capacity by adding more carriages”.

The increased capacity will help London’s transport network accommodate the predicted 810,000 new residents expected to move into London by 2021.

To enable the new trains, the following work will take place on the ELL:

- Reconfiguration of the New Cross Gate and Willesden depots
- Platform extensions at some stations on the North and East London lines and associated signalling and power works.

25 comments:

Monkeyboy said...

...now just an hour or so later in the evening please.

guest said...

the parking problem has increased proportionally

Brockley Nick said...

As someone who lives near the station and owns a car, I have noticed no increase in parking problems since the ELL opened. There have always been a lot of people who try to park near Brockley Station in the morning. 

Guest said...

Parking where???

Monkeyboy said...

Some depot works as well, to stable the 5 car trains. Sounds like the depot itself wont be enlarged and I think the land is already used by LO

http://planning.lewisham.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=_LEWIS_DCAPR_68485

cbw said...

Excellent news - slightly more concerning is what they will do once the five-car trains are full...

Brockley Nick said...

Next comes the Bakerloo line extension! ;)

Pbish said...

Is a bakerloo extension in any way slightly a possibilty?! Any news on it at all? That would be amazing...

Anonymous said...

It is a possibility - if not to Brockley then to very near by; however, unless you have Zhou-Enlai-on-the-French-Revolution-style patience your best years may be some years behind you when you get to enjoy it....

Ben said...

Gonna be a cruel 2 year wait judging by the current morning congestion...

Anon said...

Has no one asked why they didn't construct platforms with longer trains in mind and save the public millions of pounds?

guest said...

They need to slip one more in each our (someone was saying there is capacity for one more train) and run them more frequently late at night.

Brockley Nick said...

It was to save money that they didn't build them longer in the first place. They underestimated the pull and vibrancy of Brockley - a terrible error of judgement.

AliAliAfro said...

It has all gone very quiet regarding Bakerloo Line extension and increased train frequency to Crofton Park.

I would do a little dance if CP finally got a regular 4 trains per hour, and I'd be breakdancing if Bakerloo line came our way. But I suspect it will go to lewisham via NC if it ever goes anywhere and that will be years away...

No dancing for now :-(

Headhunter said...

boy does the ell need more capacity at peak times!  having broken my wrist i am consigned to public transport at the mo, off the bike.  i have to use the ell to get to green park station every morning and it's just ridiculous....  i think if i'd had to use public transport like this throughout my time in london, i would have sacked it all in and moved away ages ago...  it's absolutely ridiculous in the morning and at the interchage to the jubilee at canada water...

Monkeyboy said...

I use it everyday in preference to southern. The service is better than a few years back when I crammed on to those. We could always do with more, try the sly route at Canada water and your commute will be a breeze.

Monkeyboy said...

And remember STAND BEHIND THE YELLOW LINE!!!!

Michael_fh said...

Blame that idiot Brunel who built the tunnel for horses and carts rather than 8 carriage electric trains. Now it would be very expensive to extend some of the stations.

Anyway, capacity will actually be increased by 50% as in addition to the extra carriages there will be two more trains every hour from Crystal Palace.

BenH said...

Where do you stand on the platform? I was by the coffee shop and had to wait for two ELL trains before I could wedge myself in. Horribly wedge myself in, I think my spine is starting to curve.

The system collapses if any trains are even slightly delayed.

Seriously considering moving a few stops down the line.

Screw you Brockley!!

guest said...

Where does it say there will be two more trains per hour to Crystal Palace?

Michael_fh said...

page 20 of TfL Business plan http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tfl/investorrelations/1462.aspx

Headhunter said...

what's the sly route at can water?

Guest said...

 you must be blind

newgirlarabin said...

Exactly what I was thinking!

guest said...

Just says East London Line will have 2 more trains ... doesn't say where from / to. It could just be the core bit (dalston - surrey quays)

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