It’s all change on the East London Line with the north extension opening, yesterday, February 28th.
Commuters from Crystal Palace can now travel direct to Highbury & Islington in just 42 minutes.
The extension will connect the current terminus at Dalston Junction to the rest of the Overground network. Passengers previously needed to transfer on foot between Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland.
Crystal Palace residents now have increased access to the London Underground network, via the Victoria Line platforms at Highbury & Islington.
The next phase of Overground development will be to add a branch running from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction. Upon completion in 2012, this will form the final section of an orbital railway surrounding central London.
Ian Brown, former Managing Director of TfL London Rail said: “This is the sort of rail infrastructure that will take London into the future.”
The East London Line opened in May 2010 and placed Crystal Palace on the tube map for the first time.
Transport Commisioner Peter Hendy said: “The East London line is about connecting communities, north and south of the river, as much as it is about linking East London firmly with the wider London rail and Tube network.”