Due to open this April – and from May trains every 5 minutes 7 days a week
AT LAST, Loving Dalston can report what it is to travel by train from Dalston Junction… “at last”, not just because the line has taken 24 years to reopen but also because the ticket to ride from Transport for London arrived after those sent to other hacks. The billion-pound line opens to run a limited service from the Junction to New Cross Gate in the middle of next month, April 2010.
Some time in May the four-car trains, made in Derby by a Canadian-owned company, will start their full-service level of running every five minutes seven days a week; at least that’s what Lorol, the operating company, has promised TfL. Lorol is owned by the German-government-owned Deutsche Bahn, which is showing in its attempt to wake Eurostar from its multibillion-lossmaking slumbers that it has ambition and drive.
Lorol has chosen cattle-wagon style seating, which will please revenue counters — but not travellers with an aversion to standing. Lorol claims it is equal to the challenge of graffiti: the line and its stations bristle with CCTV and the trains are as vandal-resistant as possible. They also seem to be cycle-resistant: see “East London line derails cyclists”.
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* Image: Cheryl Morris, of Railfuture, a lobby group, steps out at the concrete bunker that has replaced the London brick of the previous Dalston Junction station.
“The Junction –1st with the facts”: see more here.