Essential work to replace track equipment on the North London Line will take place between Saturday 21 August and Monday 30 August (inclusive). Network Rail will be carrying out the work between Highbury & Islington and North Woolwich, which will affect Silverlink Metro passengers using the North London Line east of Highbury in both directions.
The ten day closure will allow the complete refurbishment of three major junctions on the route, locally known as Channelsea North, Channelsea South and Carpenters Road North. Engineers will also be taking the opportunity to carry out essential maintenance and renewals on the heavily used line, which carries an average of 200 trains a day.
This £5m investment in the infrastructure will secure long term benefits for the route, allowing enhanced performance and reliability for the high volume of passenger and freight customers, and reducing the need for future speed restrictions.
Jon Wiseman, Network Rail Route Director said: “This work is essential to ensure the safe and efficient running of this busy stretch of commuter railway in North London. The closure of the line will enable our engineers to work around-the-clock to get this complex programme of work done as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“We apologise to any passengers who are affected and thank them for their patience while this essential work is carried out. Network Rail is working closely with Silverlink and London Underground to ensure alternative travel arrangements are in place to minimise any disruption caused.”
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Mark Steward, Silverlink Metro Route Director, commented: “There is never a good time to close a railway, but Network Rail needs to carry out essential maintenance and improvements. The alternative travel arrangements we have put in place will enable passengers to make their regular journeys, but they should allow more time than normal.”
From Saturday 21 to Friday 27 August, buses will replace trains between Highbury & Islington and Stratford, where passengers can make use of the connection to London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and London buses to continue their journey to Woolwich. Silverlink staff will be on hand at all stations to assist customers with their journeys.
From Saturday 28 to Monday 30 August (August bank holiday weekend), special arrangements will be in place to accommodate passengers headed for the Notting Hill Carnival. Trains will run beyond Highbury as far as Hackney Central, to provide further connections for carnival goers bound for Kensal Rise and West London.
Silverlink tickets will be accepted on the following routes:
· London buses: routes 30, 276, 277 and 474
· London Underground: Jubilee Line between West Hampstead and Stratford
· London Underground: Central Line between West Acton and Stratford
· Docklands Light Railway: between Beckton and Stratford.
Passenger information and amended timetables will be available at stations along the route and will also be published on the Silverlink website at www.silverlink-trains.com
. For further travel advice, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or London Travel Information on 020 7222 1234.