A £76million 'missing link' stretch of railway - dubbed the M25 on rails - was officially opened to rush hour passengers yesterday.
new track south west of Surrey Quays station links the
east London section of London Overground with existing track to the
north of Queen’s Road Peckham in south east London.
It means commuters can make short journeys around the capital without having to travel via central stations already at full capacity.
The new section completes the London Overground orbital railway around
Around 12.3million passengers a year are expected to use the new link, which will operate 16 trains an hour.
It will also significantly reduce journey times.
From Clapham Junction, it will now take 28 minutes to Canada Water and 35 minutes to Shoreditch
During the re-building the East London line was closed in December 2007 to allow conversion to London Overground.