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Early finish for East London Line upgrade

London’s newest rail route is due to open two months early, it emerged this week.

The £1bn East London Line scheme to connect north and south London from New Cross Gate to Dalston Junction, bypassing the notorious London Bridge bottleneck, is due to be handed over to operator London Overground Rail Operations (LOROL) by the end of next week, on track for passenger running in April.

Joint venture contractor Balfour Beatty Carillion working with client London Overground has upgraded and rebuilt 9km of the old East London Underground line and converted it to suit main line Electrostar trains.

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  • I assume that early opening will only allow revenue earning trains to run on that part of the route separated from other lines (i.e. north of New Cross / New Cross Gate) - because otherwise there is conflict with Southern Rail's franchise. The necessary changes to their services to make space for the ELL services south of New Cross Gate only happen with the summer timetable change which has a fixed date.

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