Later trains promised by London Overground deal
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The London Overground is on track to run later into the night after a new operator took over from Transport for London.
New trains, more frequent services and later running times were promised by Arriva, which was announced today as the £1.5bn contract holders for the entire network from November this year.
The contract is due to last seven-and-a-half years, with an option to extend for an extra two.
Gareth Powell, TfL’s chief operating officer of London Rail, welcomed the move.
He said: “We have worked hard to deliver major improvements for our customers, taking a neglected part of the transport network and transforming it to support new homes, jobs and economic growth across the capital.
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“Arriva will build on this by extending operating hours, improving frequencies and introducing new trains. I would also like to thank the existing operator LOROL for their work that has helped make London Overground the huge success story it is today.”
The announcement comes a day after the Mayor of London Boris Johnson backed an extension of the Gospel Oak-Barking Overground line to the new Barking Riverside development.
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The same line will shut from October this year for five months as engineers carry out an eight-month upgrade programme.
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