London Overground and National Rail trains will not run as key route shuts for 16 days

The bridge
The 150-year-old bridge's iron support girders are in poor condition and are continuing to deteriorate -Credit:Network Rail

A section of a key London National Rail line will be closed for 16 days straight while a bridge is being replaced in the summer. The closure will happen between Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, 4 August and will affect London Underground, Overground and National Rail services.

The 150-year-old bridge over the railway is located to the south of Hackney Downs Park and carries the junction of Downs Park Road and Bodney Road. It backs directly onto a tunnel, which emerges further down the line towards Clapton.

The iron girders holding it up are in bad condition and continuing to deteriorate so a replacement is needed. Follow up works outside of the 16-day period will also cause disruptions to transport in the area as seen below.

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An impression of the new bridge
Work started a month ago in the area with part of Downs Park Road being closed to vehicles. This is an impression of the new bridge -Credit:Network Rail

Over the 16 consecutive days, engineers from Network Rail's contractor, Murphy, will demolish the old bridge and start building the new one. Passengers are advised that between July 20 and August 4 (inclusive):

  • No London Overground services will run between Hackney Downs and Chingford stations. This means there will be no rail service to or from Clapton, St James Street, Walthamstow Central, Wood Street, Highams Park and Chingford stations.

  • The London Underground Victoria line from Walthamstow Central will be operating throughout this time to help people get around, including the Night Tube on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Local buses will be running across the affected route.

  • Passengers wanting to travel between Liverpool Street and Hackney Downs / Bethnal Green will be able to use London Overground services running to and from Enfield Town and Cheshunt.

  • London Overground services to and from Enfield Town and Cheshunt may have different timetables during the 16 days, so regular passengers should check before they set off.

  • Greater Anglia services that usually run between Liverpool Street and Hertford East will start and finish at Stratford instead. The usual Stratford – Meridian Water services won’t run, but other services will make additional stops at both Meridian Water and Northumberland Park. Additionally, Liverpool Street to Cambridge / Stansted Airport services will be diverted via and call at Seven Sisters instead of Tottenham Hale. Bishop’s Stortford to Stratford services will not operate, with passengers advised to use alternative services.

Under the old bridge
The new bridge is designed to last 120 years -Credit:Network Rail

Train services will also be affected by preparatory and follow-up works on:

  • Sunday June 23

  • Saturday and Sunday July 13 and 14

  • Saturday and Sunday August 17 and 18

  • Sunday September 1

  • Sunday September 8

Part of Downs Park Road is already closed to vehicles as works began on the site last month. Pedestrians and cyclists will also be disallowed from the area from July 2024. The project is expected to be completed, and Downs Park Road fully reopened, by early 2025. The new bridge is designed to last for 120 years.

An impression of the new bridge
Pedestrian and cycle access will be closed in the area from July 2024 -Credit:Network Rail

Simon Milburn, Network Rail Anglia infrastructure director, said: "Thousands of people travel under and over this bridge every day by rail and road, and our project is vital to keeping their future journeys safe and reliable. We’re sorry for the disruption this summer but we’ll be working flat out to deliver a replacement bridge that will serve the community for generations to come."

Rory O’Neill, TfL’s General Manager for London Overground, said: "These Network Rail works are essential to ensure London Overground services can continue to operate safely and reliably for many years to come. My advice is to plan ahead, check before you travel and allow extra time to complete your journey while this work is taking place."

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, added: "Customers are advised to check before they travel and allow more time for their journeys while this work takes place. We would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding while this essential work is carried out."

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