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East London Railway

Ken Livingston As part of Transport for London's Five Year Investment Programme, the East London Line will be extended in two phases.

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Phase One will extend the East London Line north to Dalston Junction and south to New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon. This involves building new stations at Dalston, Haggerston, Hoxton and Shoreditch. The new stations will open when the East London Railway opens by June 2010.

A further extension to Highbury & Islington from Dalston Junction will open by February 2011. This further extension will give passengers excellent interchange to the Victoria line and National Rail services. It will also link the East London Line will the North London Railway, currently Silverlink's North London Line, to form the beginning of an orbital railway around the capital. To mark this new journey the East London Line will be re-named the East London Railway. Collectively the railways will be known as London Overground.

London Overground services will be shown on the Tube map and deliver an Underground-style service. Passengers will benefit from similar fast, frequent services, ticketing arrangements and safety and security standards. New high-capacity air-conditioned trains with audio and visual announcements will operate on the East London Railway when it opens by June 2010.

Phase Two will further extend services west to Clapham Junction via Surrey Canal Road. Although Phase Two is currently unfunded, Phase One will ensure that the powers for construction are preserved.

For further information on the routeing of the extensions:

Phase One

Northern extension

The new route runs parallel to the A10 (Kingsland Road) that formerly supported the North London Line to Broad Street.

From the current East London Line, just south of the existing Shoreditch Station, the East London Railway will head up onto a new viaduct on the northern part of the Bishopsgate Goods Yard, cross Shoreditch High Street and head north to Dalston Junction using the disused Kingsland viaduct. At Dalston Junction, a new line will be built along the western curve to connect the East London Railway with the North London Railway at Canonbury and Highbury & Islington, with turnbacks west of Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station.

Phase One will include new stations Hoxton, Haggerston and Dalston Junction. As the old Shoreditch station sits on the wrong alignment for the new line, a new station at Shoreditch High Street will also be built.

Southern extension

From the existing station at New Cross Gate, the East London Railway will extend services south onto the National Rail network, providing an all station services to Crystal Palace and West Croydon.

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Phase Two - Western Extension

A short section of track will be constructed to link the existing East London Line, just south of Surrey Quays, to the South London Line between South Bermondsey and Queens Road Peckham.

The link will run at surface level along the western side of the Silwood Triangle, past the SELCHP plant, across Surrey Canal Road, through the western edge of Bridge House Meadows, over the eastern end of Hornshay Street and join the existing National Rail network just north of Wagner Street.

A new station will be built at Surrey Canal Road. From here, the East London Railway will provide an all stations service to Clapham Junction.

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