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Laing to run London Overground

The London Overground network will be run by MTR Laing when refurbishment is complete, in 2010.
London Overground will run metro-style services on the East London Line and North London Railway, serving 20 of London's 33 boroughs.London Overground services will begin to run on the North London Railway, currenty run by Silverlink, from November 11.Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone said, 'This contract paves the way for the radical revitalisation of London's rail services, which have suffered from years of neglect and under-investment.The refurbishment of track and stations will cost more than £1.4bn. According to Livingstone: 'By joining together the North and East London Railways ahead of the 2012 Games, we will create a new rail artery around the city serving 20 London Boroughs, including some of the poorest,' he said.The RMT Union condemned the move. RMT general secretary Bob Crow said, 'However it is dressed up, today's announcement means that the operations of London Underground are now being dragged down the same failed path of privatisation that has already so disastrously undermined the national railway network.'

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