London Overground Rail Operations Limited

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London Overground Rail Operations Ltd
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 UK Trains/MTR

London Overground Rail Operations Ltd,[1] formerly known as MTR Laing Metro Limited, 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 the European transport operator Arriva's division Arriva UK Trains and Hong Kong rail operator MTR Corporation.[2]


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 14 November 2016.[8]

In December 2007, Laing Rail's parent Henderson Group put the business up for sale. In April 2008, Deutsche Bahn announced it had bought Laing Rail.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]


London Overground operates these services:

Rolling stock[edit]

London Overground inherited a fleet of Class 150, Class 313 and Class 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 Lea Valley Lines from Liverpool Street on 31 May 2015. These will be replaced with new rolling stock beginning in 2017.


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


  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. ^ TfL starts search for next operator to run Overground Transport for London 9 April 2015
  11. ^ London Overground operator appointed to run additional services for TfL Travel & Tour World 4 June 2013

External links[edit]

New creation Operator of London Overground concession
2007 – present