by Tiana May
16 Nov 2022
Network Rail has announced that major improvement works are set to take place on the Bakerloo and London Overground lines.
Between 17 and 23 December, engineers will carry out upgrades to a 20-mile stretch of railway in north London.
This will include replacing wooden sleepers with 6,000 modern concrete alternatives; upgrading 1.6 kilometres of railway drainage to prevent future flooding; and replacing 10 kilometres of cabling for train signals.
The power supply for Underground and Overground trains will also be upgraded, and a derelict, railway-locked electricity substation will be demolished.
In addition, improvements will be made to 5 stations north of Queen’s Park. This will include platform resurfacing and roof canopy maintenance.
The scale of this work means the Bakerloo line between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Wealdstone and the London Overground between Euston and Watford Junction will be closed during construction.
“We know there’s never an ideal time to close the railway, so I’d like to thank passengers for their understanding in advance while we carry out these significant improvements to the Bakerloo line and London Overground.
“I appreciate that doing this essential work over consecutive days will be disruptive for passengers so I’d urge people to keep in mind the line between Euston and Watford will be closed and to check National Rail Enquiries and TfL for alternative public transport options in and out of the capital.”
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