London Overground celebrates its 10th anniversary

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. 

Out and About on the London Overground – find great days out all over London that are within easy reach of Overground stations. *Design by Rob Durkin

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

Your Feedback

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.

Written by Stephen Irvine

Stephen is a TfL Community Manager and editor of the Digital Blog and Experience London blogs.

18 comments

  1. Where is Harrow and Wealdstone with Harrow School, site of first car crash, where the Overground joins the underground Bakerloo Line . Historic Headstone Manor , Harrow Weald Common, Former .RAF Fghter Cmmand Bentley Priory to name a few !

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  2. I was surprised not to see Camden Road there – Camden is an iconic part of London.
    Also, it’s a long walk from Kilburn High Road station to the Abbey Road studios ?

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    1. Hi Helen, Camden is of course an iconic area, but the focus here was on trying to pick out some great places we thought people might not know were accessible via the Overground. The walk from Kilburn to Abbey Road is a bit over 1km, which we realise might be too far for some people, but would be a 15-20min walk on average. Thanks so much for your feedback!

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    1. Hi Punam. We don’t have any plans to update/release new versions of this graphic at the moment. This was mainly to try and highlight some lesser-known places on the network, and also take recommendations (such as yours!) for any that people may want to visit but that didn’t make it on to the image! Thanks for a great suggestion.

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  3. London Overground? It has been referred in the past as the London Orbital – though it’s not wholly and continuously orbiting or circular since there are terminus breaks in between requiring a change of train to continue one’s Overground disjointed orbiting journey. I use the Overground from Queen’s Road Station, Peckham frequently in either direction toward Clapham Junction or t’other way toward Highbury and Islington. My experience at Queen’s Road, Peckham is that the Overground is frequently and irritatingly held up or goes at snails pace at junctures immediately out of Queen’s Road Station because it always gives way to other trains timed to cross London Overground’s path. And as is expected with these corridor trains ‘standing room only’ has been specifically designed into London Overground’s carriages.

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  4. Hi I am ste Clough from manchester a frequent traveller to London acton central my couture station I love travelling on the london overground from Clapham Junction been to many places very roomy trains get a seat fairly easily I enjoy the experience

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  5. The Class 710’s will soon enter service in May next year that will replace the Class 315’s, Class 317’s and Class 172’s that the Class 710’s will operate on the Gospel Oak-Barking Line, Lea Valley metro services between Liverpool St-Enfield Town, Cheshunt and Chingford, Romford-Upminster Line and Euston-Watford Junction DC Line services. That will also transfer the Class 378’s on the Euston-Watford DC line to be used on the East London Line and North London Line services to increase capacity on those lines. I can’t wait to see the Class 710’s in service from May next year.

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