Bakerloo and London Overground receive 'revamp'

12 January 2023
Track and equipment overhauled on a 20-mile stretch of railway, with upgrades to five stations in north London.

Passengers are now said to be benefiting from improvements to the Bakerloo line and London Overground between London Euston and Watford Junction.

North Wembley, South Kenton, Kenton, Headstone Lane and Carpenders Park saw a combination of roof repairs, canopy renovations, guttering clearance, platform resurfacing and the installation of tactile paving to improve safety for blind and partially sighted people.

6,000 concrete sleepers have replaced wooden sleepers, while a mile of railway drainage upgrades have taken place between Harlesden and Kenton to prevent future flooding. Upgrades to the power supply for Underground and Overground trains have been carried out, with new cabling for signals and demolition of a derelict, railway-locked electricity substation that was in danger of collapse.

London Overground track and equipment upgrades December 2022

London Overground track and equipment upgrades in December 2022.

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The track work is expected to bring improved journey reliability while the spruced-up stations will make travelling a more pleasurable and safer experience for passengers.

Between Saturday 11 and Sunday February 19, the same stretch of railway will be closed for similar essential improvements to remaining stations, track and line side equipment, including 5,000 more sleepers being replaced.

Track foundation stone being renewed on the Bakerloo line

Ballast renewals on the Bakerloo line.

The scale of the work means the Bakerloo line between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Wealdstone and the London Overground between Euston and Watford Junction will once again be closed. Over the nine-day closure, Transport for London passengers affected by the upgrades can complete their journeys by using alternative rail lines, existing or temporary bus routes.

Passengers are being advised to plan ahead by checking the National Rail, and Transport for London websites. Once complete these improvements will help tackle flooding and reduce the number of power and signal failures which often lead to train cancellations, helping provide confidence when using London Overground and Bakerloo line services.


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