Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that the London Overground’s Gospel Oak to Barking line will reopen this month.
This follows the completion of electrification of the line which will mean it is ready for new, longer electric trains to run from spring this year.
Network Rail has undertaken the installation of new overhead electric lines on the Gospel Oak to Barking line, and now that physical work is at an end, testing will take place so that these state-of-the-art trains can run, providing passengers with greater capacity, walk-through carriages that are air conditioned, and greater reliability.
Commuters and those businesses that use the line will also have access to live network information screens and the electrification on the Gospel Oak to Barking line is part of TfL’s wider strategy to improve the London Overground by providing greater capacity, achieved by enabling longer trains to run on the line.
It forms part of Network Rail’s London Railway Upgrade plan which aims to increase rail capacity in the peak hour by 30%.
Service will resume on this particular line on 15 January and until the four-car electric trains have been fully tested and any training is complete, the existing two-car diesel trains will be used.
TfL’s Director of Rail and Sponsored Services is Jonathan Fox. He said: “I welcome the return of services to the Gospel Oak to Barking line and would like to thank customers for their patience while Network Rail completed this stage of the electrification works.
“A period of testing of the new electrified line will now take place ahead of introducing new, more reliable and longer electric trains in the spring.”
The London Overground recently celebrated its 10th birthday and TfL continues to undertake improvements. As well as electrification, there are plans to build two new Overground stations, as the network continues to flourish.