ELL Extensions Both North and South

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Last week saw the first test train run on the new ELL extension to Highbury and Islington. 378-233 was the unit that made the run, pictured below. Sources suggest the extension is still likely to open some time towards the end of next month.

South of the river, it seems that those who were hoping that ELLX Phase 2 to Clapham Junction would be completed before the Olympics will now be disappointed. The original timetable for development had aimed for a May 2012 opening, but TfL have confirmed that this has now slipped and it will be the end of 2012 before we see the extension opened:

We are delighted that funding for the London Overground extension to Clapham Junction has been reconfirmed following the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) announcement. Although early projections indicated that the project would be complete by May 2012, it has never been a part of the Olympic transport plans.

The timescales for the project were pushed back pending the outcome of the Government’s CSR. We have also had to take account of the restrictions on construction work being carried out before and during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which have also affected the programme. We now anticipate that the project will be completed by the end of 2012

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.