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Gospel Oak – Barking trains suspended AGAIN

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South Tottenham station will be closed again for over a month from this Sunday.

There will be no service on the entire length of the Gospel Oak and Barking Line (GOBLIN) from Sunday 17 September to Sunday 22 October 2017. The closure is to continue electrification of the line that was originally slated to be complete last February. The work has been beset by problems and looks like it may take a while to finish. According to the latest newsletter from the ever-informative Barking – Gospel Oak Rail User Group:

“There is still plenty of work that has to be done however. A number of support masts for the overhead wires are still needed east of South Tottenham, and as yet very few masts have the fittings from which the overhead wires are suspended. Then there is around 70 miles of various cables to be hung from the mast fittings.

“Once the cables are energised and tested, electric trains will be able to start using the line.

“Network Rail predict the new passenger trains could enter service around Easter.”

More closures ahead … but new, clean and bigger trains should be running by next Spring

Replacement buses will run, but once again these will only cover sections of the line. One bus will run Gospel Oak –  Seven Sisters (for South Tottenham) while another will cover Walthamstow Central – Barking. Those wishing to travel between South Tottenham and Walthamstow will need to rely on the Victoria Line. TfL promise “regular users” of the line will be automatically refunded the extra cost of zone 1 travel made by Tube or rail

The electrification of our line is long overdue and this blog joined to campaign to make GOBLIN electrification happen. Once complete, it will double the current passenger capacity on the line and improve near-by air quality.

Another weekday full closure of the line (but hopefully the last!)  is expected between Saturday 25 November 2017 and Sunday 14 January 2018, although these dates are still subject to confirmation

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