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Transport minister gives £64 million for new tube link from Clapham Junction

Persistence pays offTransport Minister Geoff Hoon has  announced a £64 million package to link   Clapham Junction directly to Docklands   and the City.  Four trains an hour will go from   Platform 2 via Clapham North, Peckham,   Canada Water and Shoreditch to   Highbury.
 
 
  Battersea MP Martin Linton, who has   been campaigning for this link for ten years,   said he was delighted the scheme has   finally got the go-ahead.   The trains will be part of London   Overground and will link up with   London Underground’s East London   Line at Surrey Quays.
 
  The announcement was made at   Clapham Junction by Geoff Hoon,   Mayor Johnson and Martin Linton MP.
 
“People have been complaining that Clapham Junction’s not on the tube for the last 100 years. It’s taken a lot of work, but now we are going to have it in time for the Olympics.”  The minister praised the local MP's  persistence : “The   East London Line would not be   happening without the determined efforts of Martin Linton”

On the tube at last

Date posted: 13 February 2009