Some intrepid Sydenhamites got up early Sunday to welcome the first London Overground service to Sydenham. It arrived only 7 minutes late to whisk them off to the delights of Dalston Junction.
Sunday was a day of balloons, free tickets and even more trainspotters. The old East London Line underground has now become the jewel in the crown of Ken Livingstone’s dream of renovating and putting in new railway infrastructure to serve local needs for modest investment. A disappointment that it has been re branded Overground but at least the extension south to Sydenham, Crystal Palace and West Croydon puts us firmly on the Tube Map. See here: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/standard-tube-map.pdf
Putting Sydenham on the Map will, no doubt, help local estate agents market some of the best value in London property to people who would have not have a clue where Sydenham is – or our unrivalled network of three different railway services to London Bridge, Victoria, Cannon Street and now Canary Wharf via Surrey Quays. Plus the benefits of inner London Zone 3 charging but many outer London benefits.
The new service has come at a cost. Less services to London Bridge and the axing of the off peak Charing Cross service. Nevertheless with up to twelve trains an hour in each direction Sydenham Station is one of the best connected surburban stations. Hopefully making us a better place to live and get to work.