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07 February 2013 | News, Transport | By: Rachel Holdsworth

London Overground Trains To Get Extra Carriage

London Overground Trains To Get Extra Carriage

The success of the London Overground just goes on and on – so much that trains will be expanded to five carriages by the end of 2015.

It's only a couple of years since capacity expanded from three cars to four, but the network has grown to include the old East London Line, its extension to Crystal Palace and the recent link-up to Clapham Junction. The network also has consistently better passenger satisfaction levels than other metro train companies. No wonder it's carrying four times the number of people than it did at launch in 2007, and that's before they factor in new passengers using it from Clapham.

Platform extension work will be necessary on some stations on the old East and North London lines, but now you know what it's for.

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Dean Nicholas

I've read they might also use selective door opening at some ELL stations; extending Wapping and Rotherhithe, for example, might prove tricky.


Let's hope TfL are allowed to take over the poor Southeastern routes to Dartford, Grove Park, and Sevenoaks soon as London Overground. Better frequencies than 2 per hour in the evenings and more staff are needed.


Worth noting that trains on the Gospel Oak to Barking line will still only be two carriage.