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The UK’s shortest railway line takes simply 9 minutes from begin to end. The Overground line is made up of simply three stations and runs alongside a bus route that makes the identical journey.

The motive why this Overground exists is as a result of it is likely one of the few traces in London which is a single monitor the place trains can solely journey at 30mph.

The small but exceptional line begins at a platform near the aspect of Romford station. Currently known as platform primary, it was a very completely different station when it opened in 1893.

In the previous, passengers must depart the station and enter Romford station to alter trains.

Furthermore, in keeping with MyLondon, the little line is trapped as a result of the one connection to different railway traces is a single connection to platform two.

However, which means that trains are solely in a position to transfer simply from the road that takes you to Liverpool Street not from Liverpool Street. As a end result, to be able to get to the road from Liverpool Street trains have to maneuver to platform three and reverse throughout tracks to a sign close to platform two after which hook up with the road.

Normally, that is carried out within the mornings, however it’s reportedly a complicated and costly factor to alter for such a small line.

Furthermore, the quick traces by way of Romford are full and constructing an additional connection may impact quick trains.

The modifications that must be made would value Transport for London (TfL) tens of millions for little profit. Figures recommend simply 638,445 folks used the Overground path to Romford out of 9.3 million passengers who used Greater Anglia and TfL Rail earlier than the pandemic.

One of the quirks of this quick line is that it takes passengers to Emerson Park, a small station that permits folks from Harold Wood, Ilford, and Chadwell Heath to entry Basildon, Lakeside, and Grays.

Alongside this quick overground stretch is the 370 bus route which in 2021 was costlier than the trainline it adopted.

While the quick practice line is exclusive to London, one of many stations it serves may see disruption this Christmas.

c2c, who run trains into Upminster, has revealed there will likely be no service on Christmas Eve, December 27, and New Year’s Day till 2.30pm. They mentioned rail alternative bus companies would take folks to and from Grays.

In a press release, Rob Mullen, c2c’s managing director mentioned: “Network Rail’s orange army will be working hard over the festive season to keep the railway running reliably for passengers.

“We’re encouraging our customers to plan ahead, check before they travel and be flexible with their plans.”