21 Facts About London Overground


London Overground is a suburban rail network serving London and its environs.

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TfL assigned orange as a mode-specific colour for the London Overground in branding and publicity including the roundel, on the Tube map, trains and stations.

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Concept of developing a network of orbital services around London Overground goes back to the independently produced Ringrail proposals in the early 1970s.

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In 1979, the then Greater London Overground Council decided to sponsor an improved service from Camden Road, on the North London Overground line, to North Woolwich, opening up a previously freight-only line between Dalston and Stratford and linking it to an improved Stratford – North Woolwich service.

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On 5 September 2006, London Overground branding was announced, and it was confirmed that the extended East London line would be included.

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Station signage was replaced with London Overground-branded signs using TfL's corporate New Johnston typeface.

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The London Overground lines appear on Tube maps issued by TfL, and a separate map of the system is available.

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Much of London Overground passes through less affluent areas, and is seen as contributing to their regeneration.

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Until recently London Overground operated with a conductor or guard on its North London, West London and Gospel Oak services.

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London Overground is operated by a private company, Arriva Rail London.

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Ticket stock is common National Rail stock, as London Overground services remain part of the National Rail network, but sometimes with a large TfL roundel in the centre and the repeated legend "Rail Settlement Plan" or on newer versions "National Rail" on a light green background.

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London Overground uses the TfL corporate typeface, New Johnston, on its signage, publicity, and stationery and on its fleet of trains.

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London Overground lines are shown on the tube map in orange; the map does not use colours to distinguish between the different Overground lines.

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Since the London Overground took over from Silverlink, TfL has pursued a programme of rolling-stock replacement in order to remove from service the ageing second-generation EMUs and Class 150 DMUs it inherited from Silverlink.

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Similarly, since the takeover of the Lea Valley lines, London Overground services are being run with trains inherited from Abellio Greater Anglia which are mostly in a plain white livery with red doors.

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In June 2018, London Overground unveiled its first complete Class 710 unit, complete with a newly designed livery and moquette.

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London Overground services started going to Barking Riverside on 18 July 2022.

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London Overground began running 24-hour trains on Friday and Saturday nights, similar to the Night Tube of London Underground, between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate from 15 December 2017.

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In October 2015 the prospect of London Overground expansion was raised again when the London Assembly Transport Committee published a report which advocated the devolution of a number of commuter rail services and the creation of a "South London Metro".

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Kent County Council initially expressed opposition to the Dartford route plans on account of limited capacity for Kent express trains being lost to expanded TfL services, but after negotiations with the London Overground Assembly, reached an agreement to support the proposals.

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Department for Transport has proposed that Transport for London Overground should take over the Greenford to West Ealing line in West London Overground.

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