Overground Network

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


What progress is TfL making in its discussions with the Department for Transport and Train Operating Companies on the over ground rail system?


Answer for Overground Network

Answer for Overground Network

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

A significant recent development in the over ground rail system has been the agreement with the DfT on the transfer of the existing Silverlink Metro routes in north London to TfL's control in November 2007. Following the construction of a link at Dalston Junction, these routes will be linked to the East London Railway. This will then provide Overground services to destinations in south London such as Crystal Palace and West Croydon and expand the coverage of the London Overground network. It is the first stage of an orbital rail network for London.

Transport for London (TfL) will be investing over £1.4 billion in improving these services, including a £1 billion extension of the East London Line and greatly improved North London Line, with a £450 million investment on infrastructure and new trains. It is a one off opportunity to improve transport links in some of the most socially deprived areas of London and create enormous regeneration opportunities.

There has also been a dialogue over the rolling out Oyster and Oyster Pay-As-You-Go. More information is provided in answer 549/2006.

On 28 November TfL launched T2025 a comprehensive assessment of the transport needs of London, the challenges it faces and the solutions required. As part of the wider T2025 work, TfL has looked at the potential for London's over ground railway network to help meet future demand.

The purpose of this Rail 2025 study is to explore ways of increasing the capacity to support employment growth in the high value sectors in central London, and deliver productivity improvements and agglomeration benefits; and bring significant benefits for outer London. Currently planned and funded rail projects will not be sufficient to meet the forecast growth for demand. In fact, there is minimal investment in rail capacity funded and committed to proceed in London. At best, one to two per cent capacity may be added to the system. Rail 2025 work shows that meeting growing demand in London and South East can be achieved most effectively through a combination of solutions, which are detailed in the document. Extensive discussions with the Department of Transport and the Train Operating Companies (TOCs) have taken place through this work.