Tuesday 31 Aug 2004


South East
London North Western
Over the last ten days, Network Rail have working relentlessly on an intensive programme to refurbish three major junctions on the North London Line.  The line was due to be re-opened for passengers this morning but due to unforeseen circumstances this has been delayed until later today.  We are hopeful to be able to return the line for use in rush hour this evening. Jon Wiseman, Network Rail Route Director, said: “Network Rail apologises to all passengers affected by the overrunning engineering work on the North London Line.  Our engineers are working very hard to return the line for use as soon as they possibly can.  This is a complex project that is vital to the future reliability of the line.  We ask passengers to bear with us while this essential work is completed.” Passengers travelling between Hackney Central and North Woolwich should continue to use the alternative travel arrangements that have been in place throughout the closure.   A bus replacement service will be available and 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.  For further travel advice, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or London Travel Information on 020 7222 1234.

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