On the 9th of December the Overground begins running through Denmark Hill station, completing the loop around London. The line will run between Highbury & Islington and Clapham Junction, opening up many more tube and train services.
This comes at the expense of the South London Line, which means a reduced (no evenings or Sundays) service to Victoria, and no direct service to London Bridge — a change at Peckham Rye will be necessary.
The service from Denmark Hill at peak times will be as follows:
- Four trains per hour to St Pancras (some continue to Luton);
- Four trains per hour to Bromley South (some continue to Sevenoaks and Orpington);
- Three trains per hour to Victoria;
- Three trains per hour to Lewisham;
- Four trains per hour to Clapham Junction; and
- Four trains per hour to Highbury & Islington.
Further service changes may occur in 2014, when the Southeastern franchise is up for renewal, and 2018, when the Thameslink project is completed.
The loss of the South London Line will certainly affect some people negatively, but I think the extra services on the Overground will be ample compensation for the majority; this really does open Camberwell up, especially for those who live in SoCam (I made that up; it’s short for South Camberwell).
Much of this information comes from the latest Camberwell Quarterly.