Transport for London has just announced that they are increasing the number of overground trains running to and from Stratford. The overground line between Stratford and Richmond, Willesden and Camden via the North London Line and West London Line is doubling the frequency of its services.
The North London Line runs from Richmond in south west London to Stratford in east London. The East London Line which runs from Dalston to New Cross has also been improved in 2010 and 2011. When the South London extension is completed in 2012, the overground train lines will provide a complete orbital network around London.
The new timetable means that there will be four trains per hour at peak times. Under the previous operator Silverlink, the service only ran an average of two trains per hour. As part of the upgrade Transport for London also funded a fleet of 57 brand new air-conditioned trains.
The increase in capacity is part of the 2012 Games legacy. In total, Transport for London has spent more than £1bn on the lines over three years. The improvements to transport links to and from Stratford in East London and key to getting spectators to the Olympic Park in Stratford during the London 2012 Games. It is expected that all improvement projects will be finished on time for a smooth running during the increase of visitors to East London next summer.