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East London train line approved

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The watchdog for transport users in and around London has welcomed the go-ahead - and funding - for phase two of the East London line extension.

Sharon Grant, chair of London TravelWatch, said: “We are delighted that, finally, after long negotiations, this much-needed project will go ahead. This is a vital link in a part of London that desperately needs improved public transport.”

The extension, due for completion by 2012, will link Surrey Quays to Peckham to Clapham Junction, and will be paid for by Transport for London and the Government.

It will provide four trains an hour in each direction between Dalston Junction and Clapham Junction calling at all stations en route.

Conservative London Assembly transport spokesman, Richard Tracey, also welcomed the announcement: “This is fantastic news for the travelling public; for boosting the economy; for improving London’s transport infrastructure; for providing an alternative north-south link when Thameslink is out of action; and for providing a crucial route for people from the south and west of London travelling to the Olympic Games in 2012.”

The London Overground network consists of the Richmond to Stratford, Willesden Junction to Clapham Junction (via Kensington Olympia), Gospel Oak to Barking and Euston to Watford Junction lines, and will be joined by the extended East London line when it opens in 2010.

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