Barking to Gospel Oak electrification works

MQT on 2016-07-20
Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


During the closure of the Barking to Gospel Oak Overground route for electrification what work is TfL intending to carry out to improve stations on the route in addition to the required work of lowering platforms at Walthamstow Queen's Road and extending platforms?


Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak electrification works

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak electrification works

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL and Network Rail plan to carry out a number of works along the line during the Gospel Oak to Barking closure.

22 platforms will be extended across 11 stations on the line to meet the demand of the new four-car trains. Station improvements, including additional signage, deep cleaning and re-painting, will be completed where necessary. Woodgrange Park and Wanstead Park stations will also receive new gate lines.

Blackhorse Road will receive two new lifts by April 2017 as part of its Access for All works, connecting the London Overground platforms to street level. Network Rail and Volker Fitzpatrick have already begun necessary preparatory work.

TfL is also investing around £25m to rebuild the Upper Holloway Bridge. The bridge has reached the end of its operational life and is beyond simple repair. Not replacing the bridge would mean restricting the weight of vehicles that use the bridge and closing lanes to carry out maintenance, disrupting traffic and rail operations in the long term.

Network Rail will also undertake bridge replacement works at Walthamstow Queen's Road.