service: East London Line to Clapham Junction

The East London line has been extended (phase 1) to New Cross and Croydon and opened fully in May 2010. In 2009, TfL decided to switch funding from the inner south London services to Victoria to build the East London Line Extension phase 2 (ELLX2) from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction via Queens Road Peckham, Peckham Rye, Denmark Hill, Clapham High St and Wandsworth Road. This will start operating on 9th December 2012, and the South London Line, linking London Bridge and Victoria through these inner south London stations, will n he day before. TfL say that more people want to travel east-west in inner south London than to London Bridge & Victoria. The Save the South London Line Campaign welcomed the extra service east-west but disagreed that it should be provided by reducing services to central London.

The ELLX2 has been promoted as bringing the Tube to inner south London and especially Queens Road, Peckham Rye, and Denmark Hill. But the ELL is NOT THE TUBE. It is a suburban orbital Overground rail service run by TfL, linking with the North London Line, and running at 15 minute intervals. It is the rail equivalent of the road North and South Circulars, and not about getting people in and out of central London. If you want to get to east London or south west London, the ELLX will be a boon. But if you want to get to central London it will make the journey worse because it is replacing some of those services.

For explanation of the relationship between the South London Line, the East London Line extension, and the proposed Victoria-Bellingham/Bromley line, see here.

Mayor Looks to scrap Surrey Canal Rd East London Line Station

More information is emerging about the impasse on the plans for the Surrey Canal Road station. It seems that it has been caught up in wrangling between the Government and the London Mayor on who pays the last £15m of the whole project to extend the East London line to Clapham Junction through Peckham Rye. Read more....

MP's Fight for Surrey Canal Rd East London Line Station (ELLX2)

Joan Ruddock MP is urging the Government not to scrap the plans for the new Surrey Canal Road station. This is the only new station planned in the further (Phase 2) Extension of the East London Line to connect it to Clapham Junction through Queens Rd, Peckham Rye and Denmark Hill. The further delay is jeopardising the final go-ahead for Phase 2 of the Extension. Read more ...

MPs attack Boris for stalling on tube (East London Line Extension Phase 2)

SOUTH London MPs have attacked Boris Johnson for seeking to squeeze as much money as he can from the Government before giving the go-ahead to building a new Tube line linking Clapham Junction to east London. They believe he is delaying kick-starting Phase 2 unless the Government hands out more cash. Valerie Shawcross, London Assembly member for Lambeth and Southwark and also chairwoman of the Assembly's transport committee, said:

The signs that this is quietly moving ahead are all there. We are just waiting on final agreement on Surrey Canal Road and an official announcement. This is the biggest transport bargain of the century and would be completely insane not to put it in place because it’s so cheap and will be incredibly useful.

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