Wednesday 19 Feb 2020
Gospel Oak to Barking line reopens today
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The Gospel Oak to Barking line has reopened today (Wednesday 19 February) following completion of extensive repairs following a derailed freight wagon.
Just after 6am on Thursday 23 January, a freight wagon derailed between Leyton Midland Road and Walthamstow Queens Road on the Gospel Oak to Barking line which has caused extensive damage.
More than two and a half miles of the route between Barking and South Tottenham was damaged in the incident. Network Rail’s engineers have worked around the clock on a programme of repairs, clearing the damage, replacing 39 pieces of rail, 5300 concrete sleepers, 900 wooden sleepers, removing and replacing 10,000 tonnes of ballast during the track replacement and replacing custom-timbers at 10 bridges.
An investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing.
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia said: “Repairing and effectively rebuilding the railway has been an absolutely mammoth task for our engineering team, but along with great support across the industry and supply chain, I’m happy that train services can return to normal. I am acutely aware of the disruption this has caused for passengers and our lineside neighbours and I’d like to say thank you for bearing with us while we completed the work.”
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