Councillors have received the following update from Network Rail:
This morning we will set out our plan to deliver the remaining electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking line ahead of the introduction of new trains from spring 2018.
The electrification installation will be completed in January 2018, enabling testing of the new electric trains and driver training to begin, with trains to start entering passenger service from spring 2018. Current diesel services will continue to run as normal until replaced by new double-length trains.
Weekend closures will take place from Saturday 29 July to Sunday 10 September. Discussions are ongoing with TfL, train and freight operators to finalise agreements for additional weekend closures this autumn, and two longer closures required to complete electrification. The longer closures are proposed to be from Sunday 17 September until Sunday 22 October, and from Monday 27 November until Sunday 14 January 2018. These dates could be subject to change. Details will be confirmed nearer the time.
Rail replacement buses will be provided. Regular users of the Gospel Oak to Barking line will continue to be automatically refunded the additional cost of travel made by Tube or rail.
The Gospel Oak to Barking line is set to benefit from a transformational upgrade with better services provided by a new fleet of longer electric trains, doubling the current capacity.
This project has not been without its difficulties and I’d like to apologise for the continued disruption and thank both passengers and neighbours for their patience while we finish our work.
We still have a lot to do but with a new team in place to finish off the project, I’m confident that the immense benefits of this once-in-a-lifetime investment will be realised in the months ahead, and the benefits enjoyed for years to come.