Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Overground info from Modern Railways

This month's Modern Railways magazine has a big article on London Overground, written by the CEO of MTR Europe, making him indirectly responsible for running the service. It's a bit thin on new information, but between it and some other bits of the magazine, there are a few things worth sharing:

  • TfL didn't specify new trains for the Gospel Oak to Barking route from the concession bidders, so the ones we're getting are being bought on LOROL's own initiative.
  • The first Electrostar for the North London Line will be delivered for testing this October.
  • Southeastern's timetable gets reworked in December 2009 to fit in the East London Line services that go south of New Cross Gate. I'd pencil this in as a possible re-opening date for the line, as TfL projections currently have the construction work finishing this early.
  • Of the twelve trains per hour on the East London Line, only four will terminate at Dalston Junction, with the remaining eight continuing to Highbury & Islington. The twelve will be the minimum service all day, with extras running at peak times.
The last one comes in a letter from Ian Brown, head of London Rail, making it more reliable than the usual gossip.

6 comments:

Dazz285 said...

It's a shame that the CEO of MTR Europe decided to pass on this info in an article in a magazine..
The staff at Lorol haven't got the foggyest idea on what future plans are because they never communicate with the staff.....

I'd love to know what the plans are...
Dazz285

THC said...

And now you do Dazz. ;-)

THC

Editor said...

To be honest the article is 99% the same blurb about staffing stations and installing barriers and buying new trains that you've seen in every TfL press release and brochure (and here). There's very little new.

roman david said...

It would be fantastic if the ELL reopened earlier than June 2010. Or at least if they added Oyster PAYG from NX Gate to London Bridge pretty sharpish...

Anonymous said...

Of course it's Southern's timetable that needs to be tweaked for December 2009 NOT Southeastern, as it is Southern who operate the services beyond NXG affected by the ELL extension.

Editor said...

Thanks, corrected.