Parts of London Underground and Overground to close for 6 days as customers urged to use buses

A Bakerloo line train on track
-Credit: (Image: London Less Travelled)

Customers have been advised to use London buses as part of an Underground line and the a section of the Overground is due to close for 6 days. From Saturday, August 3, to Thursday, August 8, Network Rail engineers will carry out £2 million worth of 'improvements' to a 16 mile stretch of railway in North London.

This will affect the Bakerloo line between Queen’s Park and Harrow and Wealdstone stations and the London Overground between Euston and Watford Junction stations. There will also be fewer services running on the rest of the Bakerloo line between Elephant and Castle and Queen’s Park during the closure periods as there will be no access to one of Transport for London's (TfL) depots, meaning fewer trains are available.

Officials say the closure is being used to 'upgrade' life-expired equipment that is 'prone to failure'. Completion of these critical works will improve the reliability of the railway for passengers, bosses promise.

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A train at a London Overground platform viewed from above
Some London Overground infrastructure needs updating -Credit:Adam Toms/MyLondon

Bakerloo line and London Overground customers have been encouraged to use existing bus services to connect to alternative rail routes, including the nearby Central, Jubilee or Metropolitan lines, for fast services to / from Central London.

Temporary bus services

Temporary bus routes 718, 719 and 720 will be available during the closure periods and will provide connections to the Bakerloo, Jubilee or Metropolitan lines.

These are

  • Route 718 will run between Queen's Park and Harrow and Wealdstone

  • Route 719 will run between Queen's Park and Wembley Park (weekdays only, 7.30am to 8.30pm)

  • Route 720 will run between Watford Junction and Harrow-on-the-Hill (via Harrow and Wealdstone)

Standard fares will be in operation on these routes. TfL bus Hopper fare gives customers unlimited bus journeys for £1.75, made within one hour of touching in.

Customers for Central London have been advised to use London Northwestern Railway (West Midlands Trains) services from Watford Junction, Bushey or Harrow and Wealdstone, which will operate as normal.

List of improvements

Network Rail says that improvements made over the six days will include:

  • Renewal of the power system which supplies the signalling equipment along these lines. This includes 32.5km of new cabling along with a number of lineside power distribution cabinets

  • Upgrading 3km of conductor rail, which is the part of the track that provides power to trains via a steel rail

  • Renewal of the high voltage power system that provides power to the trains through the conductor rails. This includes replacing 3km of aging 11kv power cables

  • Upgrading track switches and crossings - these are moveable sections of track that guide trains from one track to another and allow them to cross paths

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