Turning South London Orange: Reforming Suburban Rail to Support London’s Next Wave of Growth

Turning South London Orange: Reforming Suburban Rail to Support London’s Next Wave of Growth comes at a challenging time for London’s transport network.

By 2031, the tube network will have reached capacity. Crossrail will be running at capacity from the first day it opens in 2018.   Meanwhile, demand for rail services in south London’s will increase 100 per cent by 2050.

The solution? Upgrade south London’s rail network into the Overground, and devolve rail services to Transport for London.

KEY FINDINGS

In this report, Centre for London argues that upgrading south London’s rail network into Overground would:

  • Potentially deliver the full 100 per cent increase in capacity required by 2050. 
  • Cost an estimated £10 billion to £15 billion to deliver over 25 years.
  • Support the development of 16,000 new homes in south central London alone.
  • Support employment growth: between 2025 and 2035 34,000 new jobs will be created within 1km of potential Overground stations.

Turning South London Orange outlines an ambitious package of upgrades. It concludes that to deliver the Overground in south London the Department for Transport should devolve suburban rail services to Transport for London, as the current franchises expire.

This work would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors: Atkins, The Canary Wharf Group, the London Boroughs of Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, and Thales.

More information on methodology is available on request.