Major works on London Overground

30 06 2008

Hi all

London Overground is having a rejig from September. This means real disruption as National Rail will be doing some major works. This includes widening a tunnel (I presume this is the Hampstead Heath Tunnel) and rebuilding two bridges.

What does it mean to the services on London Overground? Well it means that some lines will be completely closed!

The lines that are closing include:

1. Gospel Oak to Barking line
Closed from 1st September to 28th September.

2. Willesden Junction to Camden Road
Divided into two closures…
a. Willesden Junction to Gospel Oak – Closed from 1st September to 16th November.
b. Gospel Oak to Camden Road – Closed 22nd to 28th September.

Lines running will include the following:
1. Watford Junction to Stratford – this route would use the Primrose Hill junction just after South Hampstead to directly connect to the open section of the North London line between Camden Road and Stratford. This would run Mondays to Saturdays.
2. Watford Junction to Euston – this is the usual route to Euston, but will only run on Sundays.
3. Richmond to Willesden Junction – The other open part of the North London line which will run like shuttle service.
4. Willesden Junction to Clapham Junction – The West London line is unaffected.

So what about the closed sections? The answer is bus services. The following will run…
Bus service A – Gospel Oak and Kensal Rise. Buses will not serve Finchley Road & Frognal (looks like getting to West Hampstead to Finchley Road on the Jubilee line seems a reasonable option).
Bus service B – Gospel Oak to Blackhorse Road
Bus service C – Blackhorse Road to Barking. There’s no direct bus service to Walthamstow Queens Road, so a shuttle bus has been supplied from Wathamstow Central.
Bus service D – Gospel Oak to Camden Road. To run from 22nd to 28th September.

More details can be found in the leaflet supplied by TfL by clicking here.

It also seems that some London Underground stations are not far at all!!! Here is the complete list for the stations affected…
– Kensal Rise – Kensal Green station (Bakerloo, 800m)
– Brondesbury – Kilburn station (Jubilee, 300m)
– West Hampstead – Jubilee line station (100m)
– Finchley Road & Frognal – Finchley Road station (Jubilee & Metropolitan, 400m)
– Hampstead Heath – Belsize Park station (Northern, 800m)
– Kentish Town West – Chalk Farm station (Northern, 750m)
– Upper Holloway – Archway station (Northern, 450m)
– South Tottenham – Seven Sisters station (Victoria, 300m)
– Blackhouse Road – Victoria line station (direct)
– Walthamstow Queens Road – Walthamstow Central station (Victoria, 450m)
– Leytonstone High Road – Leytonstone station (Central, 800m)
– Barking – District and Hammersmith & City station (direct)

The works will take place on 1st September until 16th November. So anyone planning their journey will have to plan well during this period!

What do you think of these works? What alternative transport will you use? Let me know!

P.S. It looks like in the leaflet, it mentions that Shepherd’s Bush Overground station will open in October 2008 around the same time the Central line station opens! We’ll just wait and see!