London’s Overground train service is to be extended as two east London suburban rail services are incorporated into the Transport for London (TfL) network.
The developments will see 25 stations added to the Tube map as part of the Overground network in 2015, the Now Here This blog on timeout.com reports.
These plans come as welcome news after the constant rising of train fares and rail closures, which has caused unrest amongst commuters and business travellers across the capital.
The business plan also revealed that the use of London’s Overground services had increased by 160 per cent in the past five years. This was significantly boosted by the opening of the East London line which quadrupled its demand in 2010.
The takeover of the West Anglia main line is part of TfL’s plans to increase the amount of National Rail services serving London. It has also been revealed that TfL is planning further improvements to its Overground service with another 23 stations to be upgraded by 2016.
Whilst speaking to standard.co.uk, Mike Stubbs, TfL’s director of London Overground, said: “In July 2013 the Secretary of State agreed to devolve some West Anglia main line services to the Mayor and we are working with the Department for Transport and Abellio Greater Anglia to deliver a full transfer in 2015.”