Canada Water platform extension confirmed

TfL has confirmed that five-carriage East London Line trains will start running at the end of next year, with all doors opening at Canada Water, thanks to a platform extension at that station.

Confirming the appointment of the construction contractor, TfL says:

The first of [the five carriage] trains will run on the East London route - Highbury & Islington to New Cross, Crystal Palace, West Croydon and the South London route to Clapham Junction - by December 2014.

Works to extend platforms will take place at the following stations on the East London route: Highbury & Islington, Canonbury, Hoxton, Haggerston, Dalston Junction, Shoreditch, Shadwell, Wapping, Canada Water and Surrey Quays on the east London route, as well as Wandsworth High Street, Clapham High Street and Clapham Junction on the south London route. Work at the first of these stations is expected to begin in autumn.

The short platforms at Canada Water can't currently accommodate five carriages, meaning that without an extension, the front doors would have remained shut. These works mean that work-around won't be necessary.

With thanks to Matt on the South East London transport forum.

12 comments:

thomasthetankbastard said...

Thank god for that, was getting a bit tedious hustling my way onto a packed train at the expense of waiting women and weaker males and wedging up against the B.O. brigade at rush hour.


Might even hate the scum who get on at Surrey Quays less now.

thomasthetankbastard said...

All we need now are station staff that don't look like you shat on their dead gran when you ask them questions.

Brockley Kiwi said...

Why don't they get rid of Surrey Quays station whilst they're at it. It's such a pointless station being only a couple of hundred metres from Canada Water.
Does my head in when people force their way on in rush hour peak only to immediately get off at CW. I can't understand why they lazy gits don't walk the extra 2 mins to CW to make their and everyone elses lives more tolerable.

moretrains said...

Can anyone confirm yet that we're getting an increased frequency to Brockley as well as longer carriages? I remember it said "extra trains in the ELL part of the overground" ... wondering if they mean the bit that extends through brockley or just the "core" to surrey quays

Fabhat said...

they'll have to do something about the single escalator...otherwise five carriages worth of people trying to squeeze onto it....will not be fun.

Dave said...

Correct me if I'm wrong ,but I don't think they will cram 5 carriages of people on to an escalator and then start it .
I think you will find that it is continually moving

Fabhat said...

Have you tried getting on the escalator to the jubilee line in the morning? It is pretty busy now - practically queuing back to the platform...

Guest said...

What a waste of money, it has been opened for less than 3 years and we are not paying for upgrades already. Are we going to extend again when when 6 carriages are needed? I agree with the comments about the single escalator, it is the perfect place for an accident.

Raf said...

Agreed. Whoever decided to put just one escalator there really ought to be fired. Atrocious decision.

DT said...

Remember when that escalator was installed it was 1998/99 and the East London only ran between New Cross/New Cross Gate and Shoreditch!

DT said...

I think London Overground seriosuly underestimated the traffic from South London. Also it should of been 8 carriages from the start otherwise I hope we get more trains to London Bridge when the Thameslink rebuild of it is over.

Monkeyboy said...

then it wouldnt have stoped at canada water and link to the jubilee, you may squueze space to get the doors open but having three carriges in the tunnel and having to shuffle through the train just wouldnt work. all railways, and i mean all, are a compromise between the money available at the time, physical restrictions and knock on effect to connecting services. having said that i hope they find a solution to the escalator issue, not sure if there is space for one.

in 2018 we'll get a connection to Crossrail at whitechaple (another compromise) which may well take a lot of pressure off CW.

before anyone says "the victorians did it" yes, they also compromised, went over buget, bankrupted themselves on occasion and had messy interchanges.

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