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East London Line extension to Clapham to be built by London 2012

The Government today confirmed a £75M extension of the East London Line (ELL) to Clapham Junction, to be completed by the time the London 2012 Olympic Games start.

Transport secretary Geoff Hoon this morning said the Department for Transport would be giving Transport for London (TfL) £64M to undertake the project.

"The ELL extension will deliver a key rail link south of the river and improve local transport for Londoners," said Hoon.

Work is currently underway to complete the £1bn East London Line extension from Dalston in north east London to Crystal Palace and West Croydon in the south of the capital by 2010, with a further extension north to Highbury and Islington completed in 2011.

Phase 2, confirmed today, would create an east-west spur from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction.

At Clapham Junction trains would then be able to run on to the London Overground services to Highbury and Islington, completing a circuit of Central London around zones 2 and 3.

"We can finally get cracking on a vital section of track that will orbitise our overground rail services," said London mayor Boris Johnson.

The new extension would create a new line to link the following stations, with four trains per hour in both directions:

  • Clapham Junction

  • Wandsworth Road

  • Clapham High Street

  • Denmark Hill

  • Peckham Rye

  • Queen's Road Peckham

  • Surrey Quays

The proposed station at Surrey Canal Road has been put on hold, but the line will be designed with an eye to building this station in the future.

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