TfL Confirms Takeover Of West Anglia Rail Services

hackneydowns_030713TfL has confirmed details of its takeover of certain West Anglia services into London.

It’s getting routes running from Liverpool Street station to Enfield Town, Cheshunt via Seven Sisters and Chingford, and taking over 23 of the 25 stations on those lines – Liverpool Street and Cheshunt will remain in the hands of Network Rail. So we make that (deep breath):

Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath, London Fields, Hackney Downs, Rectory Road, Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill, Seven Sisters, Bruce Grove, White Hart Lane, Silver Street, Edmonton Green, Bush Hill Park, Enfield Town, Southbury, Turkey Street, Theobalds Grove, Clapton, St James Street, Walthamstow Central, Wood Street, Highams Park and Chingford

that will be under TfL’s control and benefit from planned upgrades, including station refurbishments, improved security, help points and better passenger information. Whether the trains will officially be part of the Overground or not seems a bit hazy; TfL says it will use “a private sector operator to run these services on its behalf” like the Overground, but doesn’t call the new services the Overground, while saying reliability will be like the Overground. Confused? Just be happy.

There’s no date set for takeover, but the aim is for it to happen some time in 2015. And anyone still hoping for similar changes for Southeastern, abandon hope: we’ve known for a while, but the latest Commissioner’s report says “it has become clear that devolution to TfL of rail services in southeast London is unlikely for the time being”.

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  • ijw81

    Does this include Tottenham Hale overground station?

    • Rachel Holdsworth

      It doesn’t look like it, that’s on the non-via-Seven Sisters route to Cheshunt.

  • cle

    aren’t they sponsoring the new lea bridge station – which would be the slow trains via tottenham? Will those stay NX?

    • Rachel Holdsworth

      From what I gather, Lea Bridge seems to be on the non-Seven Sisters route to Cheshunt as well? I’ve been looking at this network map to see the lines TfL are getting. The Stratford / Tottenham Hale lines aren’t changing.

      • Jacko8

        Currently all trains running under Lea Bridge are Lea Valley (Tottenham Hale services). To get to 7 Sisters (Churchbury Loop) would surely require a circuitous route along part of the Gospel Oak/Barking and what is currently a single track curve? Would have thought impractical for regular/frequent service.

  • David Gerard


  • westhamboy

    Do you think they will call it london overground like the old silverlink service which tfl took over

  • Glenn Wallis

    The Dept for Transport has allowed the transfer of the services mentioned by Rachel to TfL. The Lea Valley Line services via Tottenham Hale stay with the Greater Anglia franchise. TfL has appointed the existing operator of the London Rail Concession (LRC), London Overground Rail Operation Ltd (LOROL) to manage the services TfL is to take over and it has been organising the change over on 31 May with Abellio Greater Anglia (AGA) for around a year now. The whole enlarged LRC is going out to tender later for when LOROL’s current contract expires in November 2016.

    Part of AGA’s train fleet will transfer to TfL and be run by LOROL until new trains, based on existing Overgound and new Metropolitan Line trains are delivered in 2017/18.

    Glenn Wallis
    Barking – Gospel Oak Rail User Group