London Overground is celebrating 10 years of service on Saturday 11 November 2017. Since its launch in 2007, London Overground has provided a vital transport link for millions of Londoners, creating an orbital route around inner London and serving 23 of London’s boroughs and southern Hertfordshire.
To celebrate the 10 year milestone, we’ve produced this ‘Out and about on the London Overground’ graphic. It showcases a range of sights and attractions that you may not know are easily reached by the Overground, such as Crystal Palace Park, The Warner Bros. Studio Tour near to Watford Junction and The V & A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. If you know any great places to visit by Overground that we’ve missed here, let us know in the comments section.
The history of the Overground
The London Overground launched in 2007, taking over from Silverlink Metro services. Customer numbers have risen from 33 million in 2008/09 to more than 189 million in 2016/17 and improvements delivered over the last 10 years include:
- Increased frequency of trains across the network, from 400 per day in 2007 to nearly 1,500 per day in 2017
- Improved reliability of trains, up by 80 per cent since June 2015
- Customer satisfaction score of 85 per cent in the first quarter of 2017/18, its highest ever level
- Greater passenger safety, with all stations manned from first train to last
- ‘Turn-up-and-go’ service across the network for customers with reduced mobility
- Three extensions to incorporate extra lines – East London Line (2010), South London Line (2012) and West Anglia lines (2015)
- Introduction of Oyster and contactless payments, as well as cheaper fare options and all TfL concessions
- Six new stations which have opened up areas of London such as Hoxton, Imperial Wharf and Dalston
- Improved accessibility, with more than half of the 112 London Overground stations now step-free from street to platform
- Sixty-five new walk-through and air-conditioned trains
- A fifth car added to many trains, providing 25 per cent more capacity
- All routes integrated with TfL’s real-time information and Journey Planning tools
What does the future hold?
Further improvements in the coming years will include:
- An extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line to the Barking Riverside development, helping to unlock 10,800 new homes by 2021
- Electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking line enabling the introduction of cleaner and more reliable electric trains from spring next year
- The introduction of 45 new air-conditioned walk-through trains next year to replace 30 year old rolling stock on West Anglia lines out of Liverpool Street and Romford to Upminster routes
- The upgrade of ticket machines across the network, offering customers greater functionality
We hope that our ‘Out and About’ graphic has given you some inspiration for days out in places you might not have known you could reach by London Overground. If you visit any of them, let us know how your experience was and if you feel we’ve missed any key places you love to visit by Overground, please leave us your own suggestions in the comments below.