Heads up people: the East London Line closes this Saturday.
It will undergo a magical transformation that will take rather a long time but the line will reemerge from a 3 year chrysalis as a beautiful section of the newly tangerine London Overground network, linking the North and East London railways.
You'll eventually be able to travel from Richmond in the West all the way round in a massive arterial horseshoe via the existing Highbury & Islington station to Dalston Junction, on to Wapping, across the river again to New Cross and all the way down to West Croyden. Yikes.
In the meantime, though, special replacement buses will provide connections to the Jubilee Line at Canada Water, DLR at Shadwell, District and Hammersmith & City at Whitechapel and national rail services at New Cross and New Cross Gate. Advice is to allow an extra half hour for your journey.
This might be a pain for a number of East Londoners but it might also ease their monthly Travelcard burden as the special buses will take you inside Zone 2. Remember that when you renew to beat the New Year price hikes.