ELL2 gets go-ahead

The East London Line extension to Clapham Junction has been given the green light, after negotiations between the Department for Transport and Transport for London were successfully concluded and a £79 million budget agreed.

The project is relatively straightforward and therefore, the projected completion date is 2012, in time for the Olympics. Provision for a new station at Surrey Canal Road is included but construction of the station is subject to a review by TfL.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “I am delighted that a long hard slog of negotiations between ourselves and the Department of Transport has borne fruit that will result in a superb new service for thousands of Londoners.”

Brockley residents will be able to get to Clapham Junction by changing at Surrey Quays.

BC Twitterers would have known this yesterday afternoon of course.