Watchdog welcomes extra Overground trains

The announcement of additional services on four out of the five London Overground rail routes has been welcomed by the capital’s statutory passenger watchdog.

Sharon Grant, the Chair of London TravelWatch said:

“The success of London Overground has meant that overcrowding has become a problem in some areas.

“We are delighted that our campaign for additional trains at the busiest times has succeeded – and we applaud the decision.

“However, the success of these services underlines the need for further investment in additional rolling stock and longer platforms at stations.

“In particular the electrification of the Barking – Gospel Oak line, would bring major improvements in journey times and opportunities for passengers as well as improved efficiency of the railway and to help regenerate the areas served by this line.

“We therefore urge the government, TfL and Network Rail to make an early decision to approve this important project.

“We also welcome the fact that London Overground have responded to passenger requests through us to improve late evening and Sunday services on the West and North London Lines.”

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