Gospel Oak to Barking electrification

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 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.

A1201 Crouch Hill Bridge, Crouch Hill

From Wednesday 03 January 2018 until Friday 01 June 2018, Network Rail is carrying out some improvements near Crouch Hill station by raising the A1201 Crouch Hill Bridge. We are creating more space for the overhead lines.

Working with Islington Council, there are temporary traffic lights on the A1201 Bridge from Wednesday 03 January 2018 to Sunday 18 February 2018. Pedestrian and ramp access is provided. Cyclists can use the road bridge to cross the railway.

The road bridge closes to all traffic between Trinder Road and Japan Crescent from Monday 19 February 2018 up to and including Wednesday 2 May 2018. Pedestrian and ramp access is provided. Cyclists will need to wheel their cycles across the bridge.

A diversion route for motorists has been agreed with Haringey and Islington Councils. Signed diversions will be in place directing northbound traffic by Stapleton Hall Road and Ferme Park Road. Signed diversions will be in place directing southbound traffic by Crouch Hill and Hanley Road.

Access from the north and south to the properties located on Crouch Hill will be maintained throughout. The pavement near Crouch Hill main station entrance stays open for pedestrians. Also, pedestrian and cycle access is available to cross the bridge, however cyclists need to dismount and wheel cycles across. The ramp for people with reduced mobility, motorised scooters, wheelchairs users and prams/pushchairs remains in place.

The following local bus services arrangements are in place:

  • Route W7 towards Muswell Hill

If travelling towards Muswell Hill, the W7 bus will travel via Hanley Road. Then, follow onto Hornsey Road, Hornsey Rise, Crouch End Hill and The Broadway. The bus will then continue its usual route.

  • Route W7 toward Finsbury Park

If travelling towards Finsbury Park, the W7 bus from The Broadway at Crouch End will travel via Crouch End Hill. Then, follow Hornsey Rise, Hornsey Road, turn left at Hanley Road and right at Stroud Green Road. The bus will then continue its usual route.

  • Routes 210 and W3

Bus routes 210 and W3 are not diverted but may experience traffic delays. Please allow more time for your journey. The 41, 91 and diverted W7 buses provide passengers with alternative services within 500m of Crouch Hill.

From Thursday 3 May 2018, the A1201 Crouch Hill Bridge re-opens to all traffic, with temporary traffic lights until Friday 01 June 2018.

Keeping lineside neighbours and businesses informed

We're keeping immediate lineside neighbours and businesses informed with regular update letters and we also offer email updates. To receive these, please email GOBE@networkrail.co.uk with your name and address.

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.

You can also follow us on Twitter @NetworkrailGOBE

For live incidents, road closures and diversion in Haringey, please visit Haringey roadworks website

Other sources of information:

Train services (7 April to 8 April)

London Overground’s Gospel Oak to Barking line reopened on Monday 15 January following the installation of new overhead electric lines by Network Rail, which will enable new longer electric trains to run from spring 2018.

As our contractors need access to the railway during the bridge work, the line will close between Gospel Oak to Barking between Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April only.  Services will restart on Monday 9 April. More information is available at National Rail and London Overground websites.

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