Extension via Peckham to be running in time for 2012 Olympics
THE EAST LONDON line will be extended to Clapham Junction, the government and Mayor revealed today.
Most of the £75M cash for the project will be supplied from central government funds, with about £15M coming from Transport for London and the Greater London Authority.
"The East London Line extension will deliver a key rail link south of the river and improve local transport for Londoners by providing more choice and better access to other parts of the capital," said Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon.
London mayor Boris Johnson was cock-a-hoop over the scheme, which stretches from Surrey Quays in the east to Clapham Junction in the south west via Peckham and Wandsworth and will form part of the longed-for circular rail route around London.
"This is tremendous news," Johnson said. "We can finally get cracking on a vital section of track that will orbitise our Overground rail services."
The plan is for the extension to be ready in time for the 2012 Olympics. Another previously agreed extension to the East London line will connect Surrey Quays to Croydon.