The Anonymous Widower

London Overground Syndrome

As I keep referring to this, I had better define it.

This benign disease, which is probably a modern version of the Victorian railway mania, was first identified in East London in 2011, when it was found that the newly-refurbished East London Line and North London Line were inadequate due to high passenger satisfaction and much increased usage. It has now spread across other parts of the capital, despite various eradication programs.

It keeps appearing across the UK and I suspect it happens in other countries too!

October 30, 2018 - Posted by | Travel |

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  1. […] myself, I suspect that Crossrail will suffer with its own version of London Overground Syndrome, with passenger numbers much higher than predicted. In The Scottish Borders Have Caught London […]

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  2. […] I have a feeling that when we look back on the reinstatement of the Halton Curve in a couple of decades, it could be a raging success and a very bad case of what I call London Overground Syndrome. […]

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  3. […] think it could suffer from London Overground Syndrome. This is my definition of the […]

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  4. […] all rail planning has to discount the London Overground Syndrome, where new stations, routes and trains, attract more passengers than originally […]

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  5. […] passenger forecasts are notoriously bad. So much so, that I call it London Overground Syndrome, in honour of the local East London and North London Lines, where they started with three-car […]

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  6. […] has exceeded the forecast by 22%, which  certainly seem to be a bad case of London Overground Syndrome, that benign disease, where more passengers use a new railway than […]

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  7. […] there is another outbreak of London Overground Syndrome, where traffic on a new piece of railway is higher than was […]

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  8. […] The Scottish Borders would appear to be suffering from that new benign disease;London Overground syndrome! […]

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  9. […] But my biggest conclusion is that now the NET is a real system, rather than a line to just the north of the city, is that it will suffer from London Overground Syndrome. […]

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  10. […] I do have this feeling that the signs are already there for a break-out of London Overground Syndrome. […]

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  11. This Syndrome surely goes back to the reopening of Snow Hill Tunnels linking Farringdon Station to Blackfriars Station on original Thameslink project with packed trains shortly after opening leading to multi billion Thameslink Program which has only just completed!

    Comment by Melvyn | October 31, 2018 | Reply

  12. It probably goes back further!

    But thanks for pointing that out!

    Comment by AnonW | October 31, 2018 | Reply

  13. […] are certainly future-proofed for an outbreak of London Overground Syndrome, where passenger numbers greatly exceed […]

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