East London Line Extension Phase 2

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0482
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

Please give an account of why the previously favoured Dulwich - Streatham - Wimbledon routing for the second phase of the East London Line was supplanted without warning or consultation in 2003 by the currently favoured Denmark Hill - Clapham route despite the likelihood of displacing the popular South London Line Service between London Bridge and Victoria. Can you compare the public demand for each of these possible routings and explain why Streatham and Dulwich, which lack orbital connections, should be superseded by the Clapham and Denmark Hill link where they already exist? Your predecessor told me that the cost benefit analysis for the Clapham Junction and Wimbledon Branch are similar. If so, why do you not allow lack of network linkages to be the determining factor?

Answer

Answer for East London Line Extension Phase 2

Answer for East London Line Extension Phase 2

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

Following agreement with the DfT on the transfer of the existing Silverlink Metro routes in north London will come under TfL's control in November 2007; and with the construction of a link at Dalston Junction, these routes will be linked to an extended East London Railway. It is the first stage of an orbital rail network for London, and involves TfL 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.

Phase Two of the East London Line will complete the orbital rail link, bringing further benefits. The extension would also double the service frequency along the South London Line from just two to four trains per hour, and provide excellent interchange opportunities for passengers at Clapham Junction. Passengers wishing to travel to Streatham and Dulwich could do using an easy interchange at Peckham Rye.

The benefits to the South London Line underpinned the decision of the Strategic Rail Authority in 2003 to choose the Clapham route as the preferred destination for phase 2. There are very good interchange opportunities that it offers for residents of the Peckham ' Denmark Hill ' Clapham High Street corridor into the many services that call at Clapham Junction. Wimbledon is only two stops from Clapham Junction on the South Western Main Line

Due to constraints imposed by the flat junctions at Tulse Hill, it is highly likely that extending the existing services which have more capacity, and thus would not be able to provide additional service frequency.

This answer is a synopsis of the letter that I understand Ian Brown has now sent to you about this matter following your enquiry to him. I hope this has provided the further detail to this issue.