We reinvest all our income to run and improve your network so you can expect to see more improvements to services and stations in the future.

Improving services

Interim timetable and frequency increase for Watford Junction to Euston services

We have started to introduce additional trains on the Watford to Euston line to provide a 15 minute frequency (four trains per hour) during peak times.

It will operate on the line in the mornings between 07:30 and 10:00 and between 15:30 and 19:00 during the evening peak time. For the rest of the day we will be running three trains per hour as we continue to roll out the new electric trains onto the line.

 Please check our Journey Planner for train times on the day of travel.

New trains for Gospel Oak to Barking services

State-of-the-art electric trains are now running on the Gospel Oak to Barking route. The new four-car trains have walk through carriages, air-conditioning, USB charging points, free Wi-Fi, live information screens and more wheelchair spaces.

They can carry almost 700 people - double the number on the old two-car trains that had been operating on the route. The service is now back to four trains an hour, running every 15 minutes for most of the day.

See more on our Gospel Oak to Barking trains page.

Electric train at Walthamstow Queens Road station A new electric train at Walthamstow Queen's Road station

New trains for services into London Liverpool Street

Brand new London Overground trains will be introduced on services to Chingford, Cheshunt and Enfield Town (as well as Romford to Upminster). The new trains will feature walk-through carriages, air-conditioning, live network information and improved accessibility.

We expect the trains to be in service during 2019. Until then we are investing over £2 million to pay for modifications to existing trains inherited from Abellio to ensure they meet our expected standards.

Improving stations

As well as London Overground improvements across the whole network, we are also improving your local stations and the service you receive.

Wi-Fi is available at 79 stations and we've improved ticket halls and ticket gates, installed lifts, widened entrances, improved shelters and increased cycle parking. We are also making continuous improvements to enhance accessibility, reliability and service. Our stations are staffed from first train to last and our staff are equipped with devices to keep them up to date with the latest travel information.

Video-linked ticket machine trial

As part of our plan to invest in new technology to improve stations and make it even easier for customers to get help when they need it, we're running a 12-week trial of video-linked ticket machines at four stations (Camden Road, Crystal Palace, Bruce Grove and Woodgrange Park) from 7 October.

The video function will link back to a customer service operator who will guide customers through ticket purchasing and provide any other assistance as required. We'll monitor the trial closely to learn how to improve this service for our customers.

West Hampstead

We are building a brand new station building in West Hampstead on land to the south of the existing station. The new building will have lifts to both platforms and will be bigger and brighter than the current station.

The station has received £3m in funding from the Department for Transport's Access for All fund and £900k from the adjacent Ballymore housing development. The remainder is being invested by TfL.

The new station is designed to accommodate future growth in passenger numbers, with more gates and a much larger passenger circulation area.

This is the largest Access for All scheme on the London Overground network and is a key interchange for north west London, given the proximity to West Hampstead's Thameslink and London Underground stations.

Work is due to finish during 2019. While we are building the new station, the existing station will remain open.

Over half of London Overground stations now have step-free access from street to platform. A further five stations are proposed to be made step-free by 2024 as part of the Department for Transport's Access for All scheme

White Hart Lane

We are working closely with Haringey Council as they regenerate the North Tottenham area. As part of these plans we are improving White Hart Lane station. This will include:

  • New station entrance, ticket hall, station facilities and station forecourt
  • New pedestrian entrance from Penshurst Road
  • Improved access from street level to platforms, including new lift access and new platform canopies
  • Improvements to the area around the station including new cycle parking

Work is due to finish during 2019. While we are building the new station, the existing station will remain open.


In preparation for the introduction of the Elizabeth line, we are working closely with Crossrail Ltd on the rebuilding of Whitechapel station. This will provide a step-free interchange between London Overground and the new service.

Barking Riverside

Barking Riverside is the largest housing development in east London, with planning permission for up to 10,800 new homes, as well as healthcare, shopping, community and leisure facilities.

We are building a 4km extension (1.5km of new track) of the London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking route into the Barking Riverside development in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. This will be supported by a new station at the heart of the development.

The extension, due to open in 2021, will provide an essential rail link to support the development of Barking Riverside, serving both new and existing residents. It will facilitate an interchange at Barking with the existing Fenchurch Street line and the District and Hammersmith & City lines, improving transport infrastructure to the area.

See the Barking Riverside page for more information.