The Anonymous Widower

Orpington Station – 3rd August 2015

After An Exploration At Penge, took a train from Penge East station to Orpington station.

These pictures I took, show a well-appointed station with full step-free access and a selection of long through and bay platforms.

Could Orpington be one of the extra destinations that are needed by the East London Line?

It takes thirty four minutes of travelling time to get to Whitechapel changing at New Cross at the moment, so it is actually closer than West Croydon, which takes forty minutes.

The route passes through a series of important and busy stations like New Cross, Lewisham and Petts Wood. It could either be via Beckenham Junction and Bromley South or via Hither Green and Chislehurst.

Using Opington as a destination  for the East London Line would appear to connect a lot of South East London to Crossrail at Whitechapel and the Jubilee Line at Canada Water.

It would also fit in well with Transport for London’s desire to take over services in South East London. The Wikipedia entry says this.

However, since taking over the West Anglia services, TfL have once again proposed to take over the suburban routes, currently operated by Southeastern after their franchise ends. The opposition to TfL taking over routes from Kent County Council have softened after a London Assembly meeting, which Kent County Council attended. Kent have set out “red lines” to its support, stating no Southeastern Mainline service should be negatively affected by a take over by TfL.

So bringing an uprated  East London Line to Orpington might appear on the surface to fit in well with TfL’s ambitions.

It certainly seems that they have big ambitions in South East London.

Could it be Borough Jealousy?

Councils like Bromley have seen the improvements in transport and the related benefits in Northern boroughs like Hackney, Islington and Brent and want a piece of Orange action themselves.

August 3, 2015 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] One of the things that the increased number of trains on the East London Line would need is another terminal and possibilities include Beckenham Junction or my favourite, Orpington. […]

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