London Overground Rail Operations Limited

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London Overground Rail Operations
Private company
Industry Rail transport
Founded 2007
Headquarters London
Area served
Greater London and Watford, England
Key people
Steve Murphy, Chairman
Services Train operations
Parent Arriva/MTR
Website www.lorol.co.uk

London Overground Rail Operations Limited[1] is a train operating company contracted to operate the London Overground train service on the National Rail network, under the franchise control of Transport for London. The company is a 50/50 joint venture between Arriva UK Trains and MTR Corporation.[2]

History[edit]

On 20 February 2006, the Department for Transport announced that Transport for London would take over management of services then provided by Silverlink Metro.[3]

In June 2006, Transport for London announced that Govia, MTR/Laing Rail, National Express and NedRail had been shortlisted to bid for the London Rail Concession.[4] In September 2006, Transport for London announced that the extended East London Line would be included, and the operation branded London Overground.[5]

In June 2007, Transport for London awarded the concession to MTR Laing, and operations started on 11 November 2007.[6] The concession was for six years, four months until 31 March 2014 with a two-year extension option.[7] The option was taken up with the concession to end on 12 November 2016.[8]

In December 2007, Henderson Group, the parent company of John Laing plc, announced the sale of the Laing Rail division, which comprised half of LOROL, Chiltern Railways and a stake in the Wrexham & Shropshire open-access railway operator. In April 2008, Laing Rail was bought by the German Government's rail operator Deutsche Bahn, which now holds a 50% stake in LOROL.[9] The price was said to be around 170 million.[10] Laing Rail became part of DB Regio, before a restructuring saw it moved under the control of Arriva UK Trains.

In April 2015, Transport for London placed a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union, inviting expressions of interest in operating the next concession.[11] On 31 May 2015, London Overground Rail Operations took over the Liverpool Street to Enfield Town, Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters) and Chingford services, as well as the Romford to Upminster service, from Abellio Greater Anglia.[12]

In July 2015, Transport for London announced the shortlisted bidders for the next concession were Arriva UK Trains, ComfortDelGro, a Keolis/Go-Ahead joint venture and MTR Corporation.[13] In March 2016, Arriva Rail London was awarded the concession commencing 13 November 2016.[14]

Services[edit]

London Overground operates these services:

Rolling stock[edit]

London Overground inherited a fleet of Class 150, 313 and 508s from Silverlink. These were replaced in 2009–11 by Class 172 Turbostars and Class 378 Capitalstars. It further inherited a number of Class 315s and Class 317s from Abellio Greater Anglia upon the takeover of the Southbury Lines from Liverpool Street on 31 May 2015.

Fleet[edit]

Class Image Type Number Train Numbers Cars per set Seat layout Routes operated Built
172/0 Overground-Class172-Gospel-Oak.jpg DMU 8 172001-172008 2 2+2 Gospel Oak to Barking 2010
315/8 Unit 315817 at Chingford 2015.JPG EMU 17 315801-315817 4 2+3 Lea Valley
Romford to Upminster
1980/81
317/7 317708 at Seven Sisters.jpg EMU 8 317708-317710, 317714,
317719, 317723, 317729, 317732
4 2+2 1981/82
317/8 Unit 317890 at Upminster.JPG EMU 6 317887-317892 4 2+3 1981/82
378/1 Unit 378138 at Hoxton.jpg EMU 20 378135-378154 5 Longitudinal East London
South London
2008-2011
378/2 Au Morandarte Flickr DSC00425 (9562191131).jpg EMU 37 378201-378234
378255-378257
5 Longitudinal North London
West London
East London
South London
Watford
2008-2011

Past fleet[edit]

Class Image Type Number Train Numbers Cars per set Seat layout Routes operated Built
150/1 Leytonstone High Road railway station MMB 04A 150130.jpg DMU 6 150120, 150121, 150123, 150127-150131 2 2+3 Gospel Oak to Barking 1984-1987
313/1 Hackney Central railway station MMB 05 313123.jpg EMU 23 313101-313117, 313119-313123, 313134 3 2+3 North London
West London
Watford
1976/77
508/3 Willesden Junction station MMB 03 508303.jpg EMU 3 508301-508303 3 2+3 Watford 1979/80

Depots[edit]

London Overground's fleet is maintained at New Cross and Willesden depots.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 5668786 London Overground Rail Operations Limited
  2. ^ "About Us". LOROL. April 2008. Archived from the original on 1 August 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  3. ^ Darling, Alistair (14 February 2006). "Silverlink Metro". Hansard. Retrieved 25 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Four bidders on TfL London Rail Concession shortlist" (Press release). Transport for London. 7 June 2006. 
  5. ^ "Introducing London Overground – a new era for London Rail" (Press release). Transport for London. 5 September 2006. 
  6. ^ "MTRLaing appointed to run London Overground" (Press release). John Laing. 19 June 2007. 
  7. ^ "MTR Laing beats Go-Ahead unit Govia to win North London rail franchise". Hemscott. Retrieved 19 June 2007. 
  8. ^ London Overground operator appointed to run additional services for TfL Arriva 4 June 2014
  9. ^ "Deutsche Bahn acquires LOROL" (Press release). LOROL. 1 April 2008. Archived from the original on 17 June 2008. 
  10. ^ Graham, Dave (20 January 2008). "Germany's Deutsche Bahn to buy Laing Rail-report". Reuters. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  11. ^ TfL starts search for next operator to run Overground Transport for London 9 April 2015
  12. ^ London Overground operator appointed to run additional services for TfL Travel & Tour World 4 June 2013
  13. ^ Four bidders shortlisted for London Overground operating concession Railway Gazette International 29 June 2015
  14. ^ Arriva wins £1.5bn London Overground contract BBC News 18 March 2016

External links[edit]

New creation Operator of London Overground concession
2007-2016
Succeeded by
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