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East London Line to open in the coming weeks

The £1bn East London Line is in its trial operations phase and heading for an mid to late April opening, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

Most of the East London Line’s stations are complete and it is hoped that the line will be open to passengers within a month, said a spokesperson.

“Most of the station fit-outs have been completed,” he said. Currently the project is in testing mode. Trains have been tested on the lines and the signalling system is being trialled.

“Mid to late April, that’s what we’re hoping for.”

TfL spokesperson

Station services, such as ticket machines, are also being tested, and staff are being trained.

The line will be opened in two phases. Phase one, for which a date has not yet been set, will see the line from Dalston Junction to New Cross Gate open to passengers as a stand-alone line.

It is hoped that Phase 1 will be open in April. “Mid to late April, that’s what we’re hoping for,” said the spokesperson.

Phase two will see the route from New Cross Gate to West Croydon and Crystal Palace opened. This means linking up the new section of line to the main rail network.

The opening date for Phase 2 is scheduled as May 23, in accordance with the regular timetable change on the national network.

The originally planned opening date was June 30.

Readers' comments (2)

  • It would be good if it was in time for the London Marathon on April 25.

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  • This has been a mammoth project in the in the heart of London and an amazing achievement for all those involved in the Project. Its a shame that it didnt get the coverage it deserved, everything these days seems to be all about the olympics?

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