Passenger numbers in East London Line double in a year

Passenger numbers on the Overground’s increasingly-popular East London Line have doubled in the past year.

The 12 trains-an-hour service, which runs through Shoreditch High Street in the north of Tower Hamlets to Wapping on the river and then onto south east London carries around 85,000 people a day.

In February the line was connected with the wider London Overground network by a new link between Dalston Junction and Highbury & Islington.

Passenger numbers increased by 75 per cent just six weeks after the extension was opened.

Managing director of London Rail which manages the line, Mike Brown, said: “With the new link we’ve noticed a lot of journeys between Highbury & Islington and Shadwell. Passengers are clearly seeing the benefit of interchanging with the DLR at Shadwell to continue their journey to the Docklands.”


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The line is to be further extended from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction at the end of 2012.

This will make London Overground an orbital rail network around the capital.

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Passenger numbers are expected to increase to 40 million in 2016.

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