Never-ending ‘engineering works’ are a constant drag on the travel plans of Londoners. Tube lines haphazardly closing for ‘improvements’ that seem to be worth all the hassle they cause in the first place. But yesterday, one upgrade plan has finally been completed, and London is better connected than ever. Since TfL purchased the Silverlink line and turned it into the orange London Overground five years ago, improvement work has incorporated the East London Line and acquired some delightful new trains. Not only this but the Overground has been slowly encircling the capital like a rail M25, and today its final branch opens, connecting Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction. Forget the circle line – you could now (if you so desired) travel around the edge of London with a view of your surrounds and even mobile phone signal. See you on there for a circular Overground Party. Victoria Gray
To learn more about the Overground extension, see tfL.gov.uk.