The Mayor of London has opened the last link in London Overground’s orbital network.
The last chunk, crossing from Clapham Junction to Surrey Quays, was opened by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. The service opened to passengers yesterday and brings the first orbital railway to the capital in 128 years.
The link has been completed with the construction of 1.3km of track south-west of Surrey Quays station, linking the East London line section of London Overground with existing track to the north east of Queen’s Road Peckham.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This fantastic new orbital railway will provide Londoners with the ability to zip around the edge of the city quickly and easily, without the need to travel in and out of the centre.”
Four trains an hour will operate on the new link. The journey between Clapham Junction and Surrey Quays will take just 24 minutes, while the connection to Canada Water and its interchange with the Jubilee line will take 28 minutes.
Joining the Mayor, Boris Johnson at Clapham Junction station, a terminus for the new service, the Transport Secretary, Mr McLoughlin, said: “London is the economic powerhouse of the UK and we know how important it is to invest in the capital’s transport network – that is why we have contributed nearly £60m towards this transformational project. ”
The new link connects stations at Clapham Junction, Wandsworth Road, Clapham High Street, Denmark Hill, Peckham Rye, Queens Road Peckham, Surrey Quays, and then all stations to Highbury and Islington on the East London line section of the London Overground network.
Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia said: “Wandsworth residents will finally be able reach south east London direct, as well as stations in the north and east of the capital.
“The new services will improve Clapham Junction’s effectiveness as a transport hub and allow thousands of commuters to make cross London journeys without switching between trains at Zone 1 termini or paying Zone 1 fares.
“The new connection will help bring new jobs to Battersea and underpin the regeneration of Clapham Junction town centre.
“Our next job is to secure major new investment in Clapham Junction station and to bring tube services to this vital interchange.”