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Free tickets for east London Line passengers when full service opens on Sunday

PUBLISHED: 19:00 18 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:02 05 October 2010

TEN thousand free tickets will be given out to passengers to travel on the new East London line when the full service opens on Sunday. The offer will mark the first time that passengers on London Overground s new trains will be able to travel the complete

TEN thousand free tickets will be given out to passengers to travel on the new East London line when the full service opens on Sunday.

The offer will mark the first time that passengers on London Overground's new trains will be able to travel the complete length of the new £1bn route from Dalston Junction in the north, through the East End, to West Croydon, Crystal Palace and New Cross in south London.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: "I'm thrilled for every community situated along the route of this incredible stretch of track with its phenomenal new trains and stations. Its Tube style service will make getting around the capital massively easier."

The extended East London Line is the biggest piece of transport infrastructure for London since the opening of the Jubilee line extension in 1999.

The line features new walk through air-conditioned trains, four newly built stations, including Shoreditch High Street, and 14 refurbished stations, including Wapping, Whitechapel and Shadwell, with upgraded CCTV, passenger information systems and lighting with staff on duty at all times while trains are running.

A northern section of the new line, Dalston Junction to New Cross Gate, was opened with a limited service four weeks ago.

The full service will start at 7am on Sunday and will run until around midnight with trains running from Dalston Junction to New Cross, West Croydon and Crystal Palace.

From Monday next week the service will run from 5.40am until midnight with 12 trains per hour through the core section, Dalston Junction to New Cross Gate.

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