Gospel Oak – Barking line to re-open

Following Network Rail’s installation of new overhead electric lines, London Overground’s Gospel Oak to Barking line reopens on 15 January. Connecting Gospel Oak station in north London with Barking in east London, the re-opened line will again provide convenient interchanges with the Victoria line at Blackhorse Road and Hammersmith & City, District line and c2c services at Barking.
The completion of the physical work will be followed by testing that will, from spring, enable Transport for London to run new electric trains, providing customers with increased capacity and feature walk-through carriages, air conditioning, live network information screens and improved reliability. The new cleaner electric trains will also improve air quality for people living and working along the route.
“A period of testing of the new electrified line will now take place ahead of introducing new, more reliable and longer electric trains in the spring,” Jonathan Fox, TfL’s Director of Rail and Sponsored Services said.
When services resume next week the existing two car diesel trains will be used until the new four car electric trains have been fully tested and driver training complete.
The electrification work on the Gospel Oak to Barking London Overground line is part of TfL’s improvement plans, enabling new longer trains with greater capacity to run from spring 2018, and forms part of Network Rail’s London Railway Upgrade plan, creating new connections and increasing capacity in the peak hour by 30 per cent.

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