Friday, 8 April 2016

Closure of Barking to Gospel Oak - update

Following a meeting with Transport for London (TfL), BGORUG submitted its proposals for alternative arrangements for passengers during the part and full closures of the Barking - Gospel Oak line during electrification works later this year and continuing into 2017. BGORUG has now submitted proposals (attached) to bring 4-car electric trains to the line from June 2017, 11 months ahead of TfL's current plan.

Latest from BGORUG

Please find attached a copy of BGORUG's press release issued today.

  • Weekend services on the Barking - Gospel Oak line have now ended until June 2017

  • The weekday service between Barking and South Tottenham will end on 3rd June

  • The weekday service over the rest of the line to Gospel Oak will end on 23rd September

  • Weekday services will resume in February 2017

This is to allow Network Rail to electrify the line.

For full information please refer to the press release.


Further to BGORUG's press release on 4 April (  ), today (6 April) both Network Rail and Transport for London issued almost identical press releases about the approaching blockade of the line for electrification works:


These press releases do not give any details of alternative arrangements for passengers but announce "drop in sessions" at each of the line's stations where Network Rail and TfL staff will be on hand to discuss the project with passengers and offer advice about alternative routes while the line is closed. It is likely that these "drop in sessions" will be the first time that any literature giving details of alternative arrangements for displaced passengers will be available.

So far, BGORUG has received no feedback from TfL concerning the proposals we made to them for passengers affected by the closure and the urgent need for 4-car electric trains.

Passengers are strongly advised to attend one of these "drop in sessions" and seek the assistance of TfL staff in planning your alternative route(s) while the line is closed. 

  • Barking, Monday 18 April, 16:00 to 19:00
  • Woodgrange Park, Tuesday 19 April, 16:00 to 19:00
  • Wanstead Park, Wednesday 20 April, 16:00 to 19:00
  • Leytonstone High Road, Thursday 21 April, 16:00 to 19:00
  • Leyton Midland Road, Friday 22 April, 16:00 to 19:00
  • Walthamstow Queens Road, Monday 25 April, 16:00 to 19:00
  • Blackhorse Road, Tuesday 26 April, 16:00 to 19:00
  • South Tottenham, Wednesday 27 April, 16:00 to 19:00
  • Harringay Green Lanes, Thursday 28 April, 16:00 to 19:00
  • Crouch Hill, Tuesday 3 May, 16:00 to 19:00
  • Upper Holloway, Wednesday 4 May, 16:00 to 19:00
  • Gospel Oak, Thursday 5 May, 16:00 to 19:00

1 comment:

  1. TfL have now published their proposals for passengers during the electrification blockade. They are exactly as notified by Waltham Forest Council notified back in February! Our proposals, which TfL asked for have been completely ignored!


    Glenn Wallis
    Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group


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