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.