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London — By Andrea Kirkby on January 19, 2010 at 9:33 am
Filed under: featuredarticle, london railway, london tbue, london trains, public transport

The East London Line

London’s balance has shifted over the centuries. Most recently, with banks moving to Canary Wharf and Docklands being reinvigorated, and particularly with the Olympic site in Stratford, it’s moved east – but transport links haven’t kept up.

An uncompromising message!

Good news! The East London Line is being extended, meaning that to get from, say, Dalston to Rotherhithe, from North-East to South-East, you don’t have to go all the way into the centre of London and change trains.

The East London Line was until recently one of the very few Underground lines I’d never been on, in fifteen years of living in London. It just didn’t go anywhere I wanted to go – or if I did, I could use the DLR (Docklands Light Railway).  It ran from Whitechapel, where it connected with the District Line, down to Wapping, the original centre of Docklands, and over the river to Rotherhithe  and then to New Cross (or New Cross Gate – the line split for the last mile or so).

Now, the northern end is being extended to Dalston Junction, with a stop at Hoxton – a great link for anyone interested in the edgy artistic culture around Hoxton, but I’ll be heading up to Dalston for my favourite Turkish grills!

In the south, it’s being extended all the way to West Croydon, including a link to Crystal Palace. Less use for me – though I can now get to the Horniman Museum (Forest Hill) directly from Dalston, instead of having to change twice or, worse, actually drive. All this new line should be open in June this year.

And there are also plans for two further spurs off the East London Line. One will run across south London, from Surrey Quays all the way to Clapham Junction. And the other will link Dalston to Highbury & Islington, via Canonbury – bringing together north and north-eastern London. But these parts of the line won’t open for some time yet.

Now for a fascinating little piece of trivia. The East London Line closed as an Underground line – and it will reopen as an Overground line! However, you will be able to use your Oyster card on the line.

The bad news is that for the duration, the line is completely closed and while there’s a replacement bus service, it’s not as frequent as it might be.

Photo by Mackenzieblu on flickr


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