Arriva Rail London

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Arriva Rail London
Unit 378147 at New Cross test run April 2010.JPG
Franchise(s) London Overground
13 Nov 2016 - May 2024
Main region(s) Greater London
Parent company Arriva UK Trains

Arriva Rail London[1] is a train operating company owned by Arriva UK Trains that operates the London Overground concession.


In April 2015, Transport for London placed a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union, inviting expressions of interest in operating the next concession.[2] In July 2015, Transport for London announced the shortlisted bidders for the next concession were Arriva UK Trains, ComfortDelGro, Govia and MTR Corporation.[3]

In March 2016, Arriva was awarded a seven and a half year concession with an option to extend for a further two years. Operations commenced on 13 November 2016.[4][5][6] Arriva held a 50% shareholding in the previous concession holder, London Overground Rail Operations.


Arriva Rail London operate these services:

Rolling stock

Arriva Rail London inherited a fleet of Class 172, 315, 317 and 378s. From 2018, 45 Class 710s will be delivered.[7] These will replace the 172, 315 and 317s, and the 378s on Watford DC Line duties allowing them to be concentrated on North, East, West and South London Line services.[8]

Original fleet

Class Image Type Number Train Numbers Cars per set Seat layout Routes operated Built
172/0 Overground-Class172-Gospel-Oak.jpg DMU 8 172001-172008 2 2+2 Gospel Oak to Barking 2010
315/8 Unit 315817 at Chingford 2015.JPG EMU 17 315801-315817 4 2+3 Lea Valley
Romford to Upminster
317/7 317708 at Seven Sisters.jpg EMU 8 317708-317710, 317714,
317719, 317723, 317729, 317732
4 2+2 1981/82
317/8 Unit 317890 at Upminster.JPG EMU 6 317887-317892 4 2+3 1981/82
378/1 Unit 378138 at Hoxton.jpg EMU 20 378135-378154 5 Longitudinal East London
South London
378/2 Au Morandarte Flickr DSC00425 (9562191131).jpg EMU 37 378201-378234
5 Longitudinal North London
West London
East London
South London

Future fleet

Class Image Type Number Train Numbers Cars per set Seat layout Routes operated In Service
710/1 EMU 31 710101-710131 4 Longitudinal Lea Valley
Romford to Upminster
November 2018
710/2 14 710201-710214 Gospel Oak to Barking
November 2018


Arriva Rail London's fleet is maintained at Ilford, New Cross and Willesden depots.


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 4165861 Arriva Rail London Limited
  2. ^ TfL starts search for next operator to run Overground Transport for London 9 April 2015
  3. ^ Four bidders shortlisted for London Overground operating concession Railway Gazette International 29 June 2015
  4. ^ Arriva wins £1.5bn London Overground contract BBC News 18 March 2016
  5. ^ Transport for London announces intention to award London Overground contract to Arriva Arriva 18 March 2016
  6. ^ TfL confirm London Overground contract with Arriva signed Railway Technology Magazine 18 April 2016
  7. ^ Bombardier wins London Overground EMU contract Railway Gazette International 19 June 2015
  8. ^ "TFL's order for West Anglia Aventra EMUs confirmed" Rail issue 780 5 August 2015 page 29
Preceded by
London Overground Rail Operations
London Overground concession
Operator of London Overground concession
2016 - 2024
Succeeded by
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