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Rob Greig

Your Overground commute just got comfier: thousands of extra seats have been added to trains

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Hayley Spencer

After the dreaded return to work, we're all just about settling back into the painful slog of pretending to be busy for eight hours at an actual desk, and also the hell that is the daily commute. But this transport news might just be the thing to bust your back to work blues: rail bosses have just added thousands of extra seats to the London Overground.

As of this week, every train on the north, west and east London lines and the Euston to Watford service has had an upgrade with a shiny new carriage and room for 170 extra passengers. So now, if you travel on these trains you'll be able to sit down and stew on your way to work, rather than being in a grump crushed up against one of your fellow passengers.

But there's not-so-great news for anyone who gets to work via the Liverpool Street Overground lines, or the Gospel Oak to Barking line – you'll need to keep those jostling elbows at the ready, as the capacity of these services won't be changed until the trains are fully upgraded in 2018. Two years from now, TfL promises the Liverpool Street line will get shiny new Crossrail-like trains, and the Gospel Oak to Barking line will be electrified. Something to look forward to, then.

Meanwhile, in more transport news:

 >> The Lib Dems want to halve the cost of tube travel

 >> TfL has redrawn the tube map with new zones in east London

 >> There might be more strikes over the night tube next month

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