London Overground Celebrates Fifth Birthday

More than 100 million journeys made each year on train line

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London Overground is celebrating its fifth birthday just under a month before it completes its final extension across south London to bring a truly orbital rail service to the capital.

Transport for London says that since it took over management of the railway in 2007, passenger numbers have quadrupled with London Overground, running 938 services from its fleet of 65 air-conditioned trains each day.

More than 100 million journeys now being made each year on the London Overground and more than 300 million to date.

London Overground includes the very busy line between Willesden and Clapham Junctions, which includes four local stops - Shepherd's Bush, Olympia, West Brompton and the newest station at Imperial Wharf.

The service has already been extended to provide a service running all the way to Stratford in East London, and early next month, a final link in the network from Clapham Junction to Surrey Quays will be opened, making London Overground’s orbital network complete.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson says: " From its rebirth, London Overground has become a shining example of how railways should be run. Londoners have flocked to the capital's new service, enjoying the improved standards and connections it provides. The network will soon orbit our city, bringing a fast and frequent metro like service to thousands and dramatically improving transport options in South East London."

TfL’s Chief Operating Officer for London Rail, Howard Smith says: " London Overground’s first five years have seen meteoric growth in both the railway network and passenger numbers.

"We’ve bought a new fleet of air-conditioned trains, we’ve built new stations, refurbished old ones with 21st century passenger facilities and we’ve put staff at every station while the trains are running. Londoners want a safe, frequent and reliable service to get them around the capital and London Overground provides it."

November 13, 2012