The official opening of a 1.3km section of line near Surrey Quays in December now means that passengers can make use of London’s first orbital railway.
Already dubbed the M25 on rails, the new route allows commuters to make short journeys around the capital without having to travel into central London. Orbital journeys mean avoiding busy stations like Victoria, Waterloo and London Bridge.
With four trains in each direction an hour, some 12.3 million passengers are expected to make use of the new link. The new section of track, which cost £75m to install, commences just south west of Surrey Quays station and links the East London line section of London Overground with existing track just north east of Queens Road in Peckham.
Funding has come from the DfT (£40m), TfL (£15m) and Network Rail supplying the remaining £20m.