Gospel Oak to Barking electrification on track with confirmation of winter closure dates: Gospel Oak to Barking wiring train

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017

Gospel Oak to Barking electrification on track with confirmation of winter closure dates

Region & Route:
Eastern: Anglia
| Eastern

Network Rail has reached a major milestone in the Gospel Oak to Barking electrification project with over half of the new electrical wire needed on the line now installed. Winter closure dates to upgrade the last diesel operated London Overground route have also been confirmed today.

The line is currently closed with weekday services resuming on Monday 23 October. Weekend closures will continue and the line will fully close again from 6.30pm on Saturday 18 November 2017 until Sunday 14 January 2018 inclusive.

This project is on track for the introduction of new double-length electric trains from spring 2018. The new electric trains will carry twice as many passengers and improve air quality for people living near the railway.

By the end of the current closure 90% of the line between Gospel Oak and South Tottenham will be wired. From Saturday 18 November 2017 until Sunday 14 January 2018 Network Rail’s orange army will shift focus to largely working between South Tottenham and Barking, installing the remaining structures, wires and testing the new infrastructure. The whole line will need to remain closed as we work to towards connecting the new electrical infrastructure into the wider surrounding rail network and switching on the power.

Ahead of this upcoming closure another series of public information sessions will take place at six stations along the Gospel Oak to Barking line from Tuesday 31 October until Thursday 2 November. Staff from Network Rail, Transport for London and Arriva Rail London, the operator of London Overground, will be available to answer questions at the following stations from 4.30pm to 6.30pm:

*   Tuesday 31 October, Gospel Oak and Crouch Hill

*   Wednesday 1 November, Blackhorse Road and Walthamstow Queen’s Road

*   Thursday 2 November, Leytonstone High Road and Barking

Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “I’d like to thank our railway neighbours and passengers for their continued patience while we work round the clock to electrify this popular route.

“The Gospel Oak to Barking line is set to benefit from a transformational, once in a generation upgrade with a new fleet of longer, electric trains so that twice as many people can travel comfortably. Our teams will be on hand at station events to explain the work and answer any questions passengers and neighbours may have.”

Two-car diesel trains will return on Monday 15 January 2018. Testing of the new electrical infrastructure and new trains will take place in-between passenger services and at night with new trains entering passenger service from spring 2018. 

Passengers should check before they travel and plan their journey in advance at tfl.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

During the closures Network Rail will carry out work to install structures and overhead wires to complete electrification of the route and allow for longer, more spacious, cleaner and quieter trains to run from spring 2018.

The confirmed upcoming closures will consist of three weekend closures (part closure is required) and eight full weekend closures. Closure details below:

*    From 6:45pm on Saturday 28 October until 3:30pm on Sunday 29 October

*    From 6:45pm on Saturday 4 November until 3:30pm on Sunday 5 November

*    All day Saturday 11 November and until 3:30pm on Sunday 12 November

*   Full closure from 6.30pm Saturday 18 November 2017 until Sunday 14 January 2018 inclusive.  

Information drop-in sessions at stations

TfL and Network Rail have organised a number of drop-in information sessions at stations along the Gospel Oak to Barking route ahead of the upcoming closure. Staff will be available to answer questions at the following stations from 4.30pm to 6.30pm:

*   Tuesday 31 October, Gospel Oak and Crouch Hill

*   Wednesday 1 November, Blackhorse Road and Walthamstow Queen’s Road

*   Thursday 2 November, Leytonstone High Road and Barking

Travel advice

Passengers should check before they travel and plan their journey in advance.

Rail replacement buses will be provided. Regular users of the Gospel Oak to Barking line will continue to be automatically refunded the additional cost of travel made by Tube or rail.

Replacement buses will operate when the line is closed as follows:

*    Service J: Gospel Oak - Upper Holloway - Crouch Hill - Finsbury Park - Harringay Green Lanes - Seven Sisters (for South Tottenham). Buses up to every 20 minutes weekdays and every 30 minutes at weekends.

*    Service T: Walthamstow Central - Leyton Midland Road - Leytonstone High Road - Wanstead Park - Woodgrange Park - East Ham- Barking. Buses up to every 15 minutes weekdays and every 20 minutes at weekends.

There is no replacement bus service between South Tottenham and Walthamstow Queen's Road stations and customers are advised to use the Victoria line which is a faster alternative.

Sign up for email updates at tfl.gov.uk/emailupdates

Railway neighbours who would like more information on how the work will impact their home can call Network Rail's helpline on 0345 7 11 41 41 or visit www.networkrail.co.uk/contactus

More information on work carried out by Network Rail on this route can also be found at www.networkrail.co.uk/gobe

For Network Rail updates on this project follow @NetworkRailGOBE on Twitter 

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Journalists
Network Rail press office - Katie Mack
Media relations manager (Anglia route)
020 3356 2515
Katie.Mack@networkrail.co.uk

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