South London commuters get winter boost

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An easier commute to Canary Wharf awaits south Londoners this winter thanks to the completion of the latest part of the Overground.

Services will connect Clapham Junction to the old East London Line route from December 9 after a series of safety checks on the new track were completed.

With four trains an hour to Highbury and Islington it will allow workers to change at Canada Water, one stop from Canary Wharf on the Jubilee line. It also provides for links to the DLR from Shadwell.

Travel from Clapham will take 25 minutes to Canada Water and 31 to Shadwell.

The air conditioned high capacity service will share some of the burden of the busy South West Trains service on which commuters arrive at Waterloo before changing to the Jubilee line.

TfL's London rail and London Underground managing director Mike Brown said: "This further extension of the London Overground network will deliver a key rail link south of the river and improve local transport for Londoners by providing more choice and better access.

"It will also double the frequency of services along this line which will help meet London's increasing demand for more rail capacity."

There will now be 16 trains an hour travelling between Surrey Quays and Dalston Junction.

Trains will spur off west from Surrey Quays station. On the way to Clapham Junction it will pass through Queens Road Peckham, Peckham Rye, Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Road

The latest piece of track will see the completion of the orbital route.

A spokesman for Transport for London said: "The whole concept of the London Overground is an orbital ring so you can travel to parts of London without going into the centre of town."