Local labour party politicians have welcomed the announcement that Transport for London will take over the running of an additional 25 stations in London including Cambridge Heath and Bethnal Green overground station in Tower Hamlets.
The aging trains operating on the line will be replaced by a more regular service with new electric trains. Labour have said the change will have a transformative effect of the area encouraging new passengers and bringing important regeneration benefits to the area.
The politicians called for TFL to include the stations in their plans to upgrade 23 London Overground stations by 2016.
Labour councillor for Bethnal Green, Cllr Sirajul Islam, said:
“These new, more regular trains will have a massive impact on local people. They will make it easier, safer and more appealing to use the station and should bring great benefits to the area. TFL should now commit to including Cambridge Heath and Bethnal Green stations in their upgrade plans to make sure they are up to the standard of the Capital’s other well used overground stations.”
London Assembly Member and Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:
“Residents and visitors have put up with a dreadful service from poorly maintained and insecure stations for decades. This is a massive boost for our area. I am proud of the work we have done at City Hall to promote the Overground. The first line was the East London Line, which has been transformed and thisnew step will help boost the Bethnal Green area. As Mayor I will look at ways we can use this change to benefit the local economy and opportunities for local people.'”