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Stratford to Gospel Oak Line reopens after 3 months

PUBLISHED: 08:10 02 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:06 05 October 2010

RAIL services between Stratford and Gospel Oak in the London Overground have resumed following three months of engineering work. Tracks have been renewed, signalling modernised and platforms extended

By Mike Brooke

RAIL services between Stratford and Gospel Oak on the London Overground network have resumed following three months of engineering work.

Tracks have been renewed, signalling modernised and platforms extended at some stations to take longer trains.

Transport for London’s rail boss Ian Brown, said: “It’s the first time there has been any significant improvement work on the line since it was built in 1869. It desperately needed it.”

The line is running six trains an hour from Stratford to Willesden Junction and three an hour to both Richmond and Clapham Junction. There are four off-peak trains an hour between Stratford and Richmond and two an hour between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction.

The work involved renewing four miles of track, 17,000 yards of overhead electric cables, 1,700 feet of extra platform and 19 miles of signalling cable.

But the £326 million programme won’t be complete until spring next year, when London Overground promises more frequent and more carriages.

Disruptions continue at weekends with further closures in the winter to get the new signalling on line.’

The second phase of London’s first outer orbital rail network will serve 22 boroughs when it is complete early in 2011, following last week’s full operation of the East London Line through Whitechapel, from Dalston to West Croydon.


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