London Overground to get longer trains to West Croydon, Norwood Junction, Crystal Palace, Clapham and Wandsworth as passenger numbers soar
Platforms at some London Overground stations are to be lengthened to make room for longer trains to accommodate rising passenger numbers.
Trains calling at West Croydon, Norwood Junction and Crystal Palace stations will run with five carriages instead of four as Transport for London (TfL) looks to accommodate demand for extra capacity.
Passengers on the Overground network have increased from 33 million to 132 million and TfL predicts a further rise of 40 per cent by 2021.
Work the a £320m programme, which will increase capacity by 25 per cent, will begin in the autumn.
Platforms at Wandsworth High Street, Clapham High Street and Clapham Junction will be among those extended.
No Croydon stations will have platforms lengthened, but TfL expects the longer Overground trains to run to West Croydon, Norwood Junction and Crystal Palace by December 2014.
Jonathan Fox, TfL's director of rail, said: "Although not yet six years old, London Overground must continue to grow its capacity. It’s hugely popular, with passenger numbers increasing by 87 million in its first four years of existence.
“While that rate will slow, we must still be ready to provide for the 810,000 new residents who will come to London by 2021."
TfL has appointed contractor Cleshar to upgrade the platforms.
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