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Increased Frequencies On The East London Line

This article from the South London Press is entitled More Trains For The London Overground. The article says  Transport for London (TfL) wants to make two service improvements are on the East London Line.

  • From 2018, there will be an extra two trains per hour (tph) between Dalston Junction and Crystal Palace.
  • From 2019, there will be four additional trains between Dalston Junction and Clapham Junction, making the frequency 8 tph.

I found the source of the report on TfL’s web site. This is a handy summary from the Appendix.

LO Improvements

LO Improvements

It looks like the pattern of extra trains is as follows.

  • From 2018, there will be an extra two trains per hour (tph) between Dalston Junction and Crystal Palace.
  • From 2019, there will be an extra 2 tph between Dalston Junction and Clapham Junction, making the frequency 6 tph.

Currently both these services go to Highbury and Islington.

It’s interesting that these increased services are starting in 2018-2019! This times them to start just as Crossrail and Thameslink are opening, which probably means that TfL are expecting that a lot of Crossrail passengers will change to and from the East London Line at Whitechapel. As I will, no doubt!

Buried in TfL’s Transport Plan for 2050 says are possible plans on improving the service on the East London Line.

  • Better late night and overnight services on the Overground.
  • Automatic Train Operation on the core of the line from Dalston Junction to Surrey Quays to increase service frequency from 16 tph to possibly as high as 24 tph.
  • Six car trains on the Overground.

At the moment the East London Line has 16 four-car trains an hour in the core route, so 24 six-car trains will mean an increase of capacity of 2.25.

The announced service improvements will mean that 20 tph will be passing Whitechapel and Canada Water.

So will we see other services started to bring the line up to the 24 tph capacity?

This would give London three almost-new 24 tph lines crossing the city; Crossrail, Thameslink and the East London Line, in an H-shape.

TfL don’t sem to be planning it yet!

The increase in frequency from Dalston Junction to Clapham Junction station is very welcome to me, as I often take a train to Clapham Junction to go south to Brighton, Gatwick or other places.

Increasing the frequency to Clapham Junction may also be needed, as extra stations and other changes are added to this branch of the East London Line.

  • New Bermondsey station will be opened to take advantage of the six services per hour between Dalston Junction and Clapham Junction.
  • Clapham Junction might be served by the Northern Line Extension some time in the early 2020s.
  • Clapham Junction may well be served with other services to take the pressure off Victoria and Waterloo. It always strikes me as a station, that since its latest improvements could handle more services.
  • Camberwell station, which has been promised for some time, could finally be under way, to connect the East London Line to Thameslink at Loughborough Junction station. A design based on the split-level principles of Smethwick Galton Bridge station may solve the connection problem.

The only difficulty of this frequency could be that there might need to be upgrades at Clapham Junction to turnback more trains.

Increasing the frequency to Crystal Palace station will be of less use to me, as I’ve rarely used that service.

If it linked to Tramlink, I  might use it more, but that extension to Tramlink was dropped by Boris and there seems to be no enthusiasm on anybody’s part to build it.

I do wonder if Transport for London have other plans for Crystal Palace in their mind.

Look at this Google Map showing Crystal Palace, Penge West and Penge East stations.

Crystal Palace And Penge

Crystal Palace And Penge

Crystal Palace is a fully modernised and accessible station with lifts, a cafe and lots of platforms, so it makes an ideal terminus for trains on the East London Line.

Penge West is not the best appointed of stations and I suspect if a much better alternative was provided nearby, no-one would miss the station.

Penge East is on the Victoria to Orpington Line and needs upgrading for step-free access. But it has the problem of a Listed footbridge, that should be burnt. I wrote about it in An Exploration At Penge.

Buried in TfL’s Plan for 2050, is the one-word; Penge, as a possible new station. The line through Penge East passes under both the Brighton Main Line and the branch to Crystal Palace, in an area of railway land.

After looking at Smethwick Galton Bridge station or as I called it,  Birmingham’s Four-Poster station, I do feel that a good architect could design a station, that solved the challenging problem of the difference in height and created a fully-accessible interchange. This station could have a lot going for it, as services passing through the station would include.

  • 4 tph between Victoria and Orpington on the Victoria to Orpington Line
  • 6 tph between Dalston Junction and Crystal Palace and 4 tph between Dalston Junction and West Croydon on the East London Line.
  • A selection of the East London Line services would go to Highbury and Islington.
  • 2 tph between London Bridge and Caterham on the Brighton Main Line.
  • Services between Bedford/St. Albans/St. Pancras and Beckenham Junction on the Victoria to Orpington Line

It would increase connectivity greatly all over East London, both North and South of the river.

I suspect too, that the station would open up the brownfield land around the railway for property development.

I think there is a strong case to watch that area of Penge!

October 14, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,

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