Latest Rail News


TfL confirm London Overground contract with Arriva signed

The new £1.5bn contract for Arriva to provide London Overground services has now been signed.

Arriva were announced by Transport for London (TfL) as the preferred bidder to take over from the current operator London Overground Rail Operations (LOROL), jointly operated by MTR, last month, and have now signed the contract following the required standstill period.

Arriva, who also took over the northern franchise at the beginning of April, will operate London Overground from November 2016 and will hold the contract until 2024, with the potential to extend it to 2026.

Chris Burchell, managing director of Arriva’s UK trains division, said: “We have been proud to play our part in the London Overground success story so far and look forward to working closely with Transport for London to improve services further, introduce more new trains and deliver a further step-change in customer service quality.

“London Overground is one of the capital's success stories and from November our role is to ensure this success continues and customer satisfaction levels remain high - helped by 1,400 employees who understand the network inside out.”

The contract contains incentives for Arriva to deliver improvements in performance levels, including financially penalising Arriva should incidents caused by Network Rail, train and freight operators impact on London Overground services and limiting the punctuality measurement to three minutes within the scheduled arrival time.

The practice of paying train operating companies (TOCs) compensation for delays caused by Network Rail, the majority of which are kept by the TOCs, was recently criticised by Joan Ryan MP, who is proposing legislation to force TOCs to spend compensation on improving services.

Arriva will start introducing new services from Boxing Day this year, and from 2018 will introduce new trains on the route out of Liverpool Street and on the Gospel Oak to Barking line, which will close from June 2016 to February 2017 to allow for improvements.

Other improvements will include more frequent trains, starting on the North London line, and modernised stations.

Gareth Powell, TfL's chief operating officer of London Rail, said: “We look forward to working with Arriva to bring about further improvements to the London Overground network. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the existing operator LOROL for their work that has helped make London Overground the huge success story it is today.”

(Image c. Transport for London)


Andrew Gwilt   19/04/2016 at 01:35

Good on Arriva which they have now signed the contract to take over the London Overground (London Overground Rail Operations Ltd) franchise from November 2016 to October 2024 or October 2026 with 45 brand new Class 710 Aventra trains to be used on the Gospel Oak-Barking/Barking Riverside line (GOBLIN/GOBRLN), Lea Valley metro services from Liverpool Street to Chingford via Clapton and from Liverpool Street to Enfield Town and Cheshunt via Edmonton Green/Seven Sisters and the Romford-Upminster line also seeing 1 new train being used and between London Euston & Watford Junction (Euston-Watford DC Line) with London Overground may take over the Greenford Line once the new bay platform at West Ealing is completed which means 2tph will be used and LO could use few Class 172/0 Turbostar DMU's on that line if its not to be electrified.

Add your comment



rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

18/01/2019Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

Crossrail has begun operating test trains on the Elizabeth Line, restarting a crucial part of testing after months of setbacks and delays. T... more >
Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

18/01/2019Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

Rail maintenance company Gemini Rail has served a closure notice on its Springburn depot and served workers with redundancy notices, sparking uni... more >
Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

18/01/2019Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

A former Highways England manager is set to join Transport for the North (TfN) to operate as the body’s new strategy and programme director... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News


Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20/12/2018Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give passengers a free independent service to allow passengers to claim co... more >
HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >
Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. ... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

18/01/20195 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

TransCityRail brings a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insight into what’s happening in the rail industry across the Midlands, exhibi... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >


Repoint: revolutionising track switch

15/01/2019Repoint: revolutionising track switch

Sam Bemment, senior R&D engineer at Loughborough University, brings us an update on the Repoint project – a scheme which has transforme... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >
Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

15/01/2019Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

As part of its Open for Business programme, Network Rail recently teamed up with Innovate UK to give businesses a chance to win a share of £... more >
CP6: Room for improvement

15/01/2019CP6: Room for improvement

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses Network Rail’s confirmed spending plans for CP6. Th... more >