Mayor unveils east London to Clapham Junction link

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An extension to the Overground system, which should improve the journey to Canary Wharf for those living in south-west London, has been unveiled.

The link, giving Clapham Junction a direct route to east London, will ease the strain on the current rail infrastructure in the area.

Mayor Boris Johnson announced the completion of the London Overground extension, which sees the first new orbital rail service in the capital for 128 years, on Monday morning.

A 1.3km piece of track south-west of Surrey Quays station will see four trains an hour travel between there and Clapham.

The journey from Clapham to Canada Water, one stop away from Canary Wharf on the Jubilee line, will take 28 minutes.

It will also allow commuters to miss out on going into Zone 1 of the London transport network.

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Johnson said: "This fantastic new orbital railway will provide Londoners with the ability to zip around the edge of the city quickly and easily, without the need to travel in and out of the centre.

"The extension will also help serve those rapidly regenerating parts of East London where the job market is expanding and will support further growth. It's a real blueprint for rail services of the future and a brilliant addition to our transport network."

Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy said: "It enables passengers to avoid the already-busy centre of London and to make short journeys to destinations in Zone 2 and beyond.

"Now, south Londoners can enjoy a new range of journey options both east and west with quick connections to national rail services to Gatwick and across south east and south west England."

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The new link also stops at Wandsworth Road, Clapham High Street, Denmark Hill, Peckham Rye and Queens Road Peckham.

The extension cost the Department for Transport and Transport for London £75million.