The London Overground line linking Gospel Oak and Barking will be renamed.

London mayor Sadiq Khan announced today (February 15) that all six London Overground lines will have their names changed and a new colour associated with them later this year. 

The Overground line which runs between Gospel Oak and Barking Riverside will be called the Suffragette line.

The name change is intended to be in celebration of the battle for women's rights and their right to vote that took place in the East End. 

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The borough of Barking and Dagenham holds historical significance in connection to The Suffragettes with Barking being home to the longest surviving suffragette Annie Huggett, born in 1892.

Her family moved to one of the first council houses in King Edward’s Road in 1903 and she moved to Greatfields Road in 1923, where she lived until her death aged 103.

Annie organised meetings for the cause in the former George Inn in Barking Broadway – known then as the Three Lamps – when she was just 18.

She also took tea with the Pankhurst family, Valence House archivist Clare Sexton explained in 2016.

The renaming was welcomed by Melisa Green, chief executive of the Women's Institute, who said: "We warmly welcome the new naming of a London Overground route to The Suffragette Line.

"There's something special about having the movement forever imprinted onto the iconic London transport map, and the entire route from Gospel Oak to Barking Riverside, original home of suffragette Annie Huggett.

"It will remind women and girls travelling around London today of the struggle and sacrifice of these brilliant women."

Jemima Olchawski, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, added: "We owe so much to the courageous suffragettes and suffragists who campaigned hard and at significant personal cost for women to have the vote and we at Fawcett are delighted that their activism is being recognised by TfL. 

"We hope that commuters on the Suffragette line will pause to think about these amazing women and the work they did to build our democracy."

The Suffragette line will be displayed with green parallel lines on the Overground map later this year.