Network Rail is carrying out work to electrify the Gospel Oak to Barking route as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.
This programme of works on behalf of the Department for Transport and Transport for London will double the current capacity for passengers on the line and improve air quality for people who live and work near the railway.
From 2018, new four-carriage electric trains will provide double the current capacity so that twice as many people can travel more comfortably on this route.
From early June 2016 to February 2017, we are carefully managing a phased eight-month closure to minimise disruption to passengers while we carry out these improvements.
Rebuilding the railway
Transforming a Victorian railway to accommodate electric trains is complex. The track and bridges need to be rebuilt to create the space needed for the electrical infrastructure – the overhead lines that power the trains. For the Gospel Oak to Barking Electrification (GOBE) project, we need to lower four sections of track and replace four bridges.