Gospel Oak to Barking electrification

Network Rail is completing the electrification works to the Gospel Oak to Barking line

This programme of works doubles the current capacity for passengers on the line and improve air quality for people who live and work near the railway.

Later this summer, new four-carriage electric trains will provide double the current capacity so that twice as many people can travel comfortably on this route.

This project is part of our London Railway Upgrade Plan, creating new connections and increasing capacity in peak hour by 30 per cent.

Gospel Oak to Barking re-opens

London Overground’s Gospel Oak to Barking line reopened on Monday 15 January following the installation of new overhead electric lines and equipment by Network Rail, enabling new longer electric trains to run from spring 2018. Testing of the new electrical infrastructure and new trains will take place in-between passenger services and at night.

Two-car diesel trains will be used until the new four car electric have been fully tested and driver training completed.

We recently reopened the A1201 Crouch Hill bridge following completion of improvements including raising it to create enough room for the new overhead wires on the railway.

If you have any questions regarding these works please call our 24/7 National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41. You can also contact us via our website on our contact us page.

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Better for the environment

Switching from diesel to electric trains will improve air quality for our lineside neighbours. The environmental impact of all materials used and our actions have been carefully considered in order to improve local biodiversity. Examples include:

  • using recycled oil and gas pipes as steel piles
  • selecting sustainable materials wherever possible – all timber is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council
  • delivering over 90 per cent of materials by rail to reduce traffic disruption for lineside neighbours
  • offsetting unavoidable loss of biodiversity locally