Impact of Central London Bus Review on North London Overground Line

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2019.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

What assessment has been made of the impact of the Central London Bus Review’s recommendations upon the London Overground running between Stratford and Highbury and Islington given that withdrawal of the 48 route is likely to lead to an increase in Overground users on this route?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport for London does not forecast a material change in demand on London Overground between Stratford and Highbury & Islington as a result of the withdrawal of route 48. All passengers who currently travel between Walthamstow Central and Hackney / Shoreditch using route 48 will continue to be able to do so from October using route 55, which operates at a higher frequency than route 48. TfL is also increasing the frequency on route 26, which covers a substantial portion of the same route as route 48.

There has been a 25 per cent reduction in usage of route 48 since 2014, while there has been a 50 per cent increase in entries to the Victoria line at Walthamstow Central following its upgrade and one-third increase in frequency. There has also been a 46 per cent increase in passenger numbers at London Overground stations such as Clapton, Hackney Downs and Cambridge Heath.

Passengers using London Overground services on the North London Line will of course benefit from a more frequent peak service of 10 trains per hour from December 2019.