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15.08.13

Platform lengthening works on Overground awarded

Cleshar has been appointed to lengthen station platforms on the London Overground network, boosting capacity to meet a predicted rise in demand of 40% by 2021.

TfL awarded the contract as part of the £370m capacity improvement programme to accommodate five carriage trains to run on the East London and South London routes.

Platform lengthening will take place at Highbury & Islington, Canonbury, Hoxton, Haggerston, Dalston Junction, Shoreditch, Shadwell, Wapping, Canada Water, Surrey Quays, Wandsworth High Street, Clapham High Street and Clapham Junction.

TfL’s director of rail, Jonathan Fox, 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.”

“We are pleased to be working with Cleshar on this crucial project and these upgrade works will be completed with the absolute minimum of disruption to services.”

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