In Pictures: East London Line Extension Work


Public attention and debate has largely shifted south these days with regards to construction on the ELL. There, all tenders have now been received for the ELLX2 work, with a decision on who the work will be awarded to due in January next year.

It is easy to forget, however, that there is still some work to be completed up north. East London Line Extension Phase 1a – the extension of the line to Highbury & Islington – has been underway now for some time, and according to most accounts is firmly on schedule. Sources suggest that March is currently the most likely opening date for this section of line.

The photos below give a good idea of the state of works at several key points – notably in and around the Boleyn Road Bridge and Kingsland High Street.

Both Credit and thanks for these images to John Sturrock.

Kingsland High Street looking south
Kingsland Vent Head looking North
The under side of Kingsland High Street retained section
The new Kingsland substation
Signal Installation at the Boleyn Road Bridge
A closer look at the installation and trackbed
The view from the north parapet of the Boleyn Road Bridge, looking north
Boleyn Road bridge South side, looking North
Written by John Bull
John Bull is the Editor of London Reconnections. A transport journalist and historian, his writing often focuses on the political or strategic challenges facing London's transport network and beyond.