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London Overground. A quiet success story

overgroundtestingA good few years ago there was a long curling railway line that stretched from Richmond through to somewhere called North Woolwich. The units used were somewhat dilapidated two carriage trains that were shockingly unreliable. The line was considered something of a joke and was seen as a transport means of last resort, at best. It was threatened with closure on many occasions.

So what has happened since then?

As most Londoners know, there has been a thoughtful, well planned and stunningly successful development of a a network known as London Overground. Now comprising of a number of existing lines as well as some significant extensions. The passenger numbers have ballooned from 33m in 2006 to 133m in 2013. Yes you did read that right.

Such has been the demand that the trains are being extended to five carriages and the platforms lengthened. Also further lines are being added. Decent new trains, smart branding and reliability are all driving the unexpected success but it also goes to prove another point. For all the market research and for all the assumptions about the public’s attitudes and choices, the truth is the the market doesn’t often really know what it needs until it is given that choice

I think that London Overground is a perfect example of that theory

Also it is a triumph for TFL and those who gave their commitment and vision to this project. A lot has been made of major projects such as HST and relocated airports but its these relatively incremental but crucial developments that deserve most credit. They might not be glamorous or pander to certain politicians egos.

Someone somewhere should be very proud of this significant achievement

For those interested in the old North London line, here is a light hearted link6791764433_e15a1536a6

And for those interested in the current scope and future development this link is informative

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