Those railway line works

The Overground Line from Barking to Gospel Oak has been closed for months while the line is being electrified, which will bring it into the same system as the rest of the London Overground. It will add the possibility of four- rather than two-carriage trains and so relieve the crush at busy times. The line through SoTo station has been closed since September, due to re-open in ‘February 2017’ so the end is nigh.  To understand why it’s taking so long,. see this article from Rail Engineer magazine, it’s a massive engineering project.

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SoTo trains on bus replacement today Sunday

There is short notice rail engineering work taking place on the Barking – Gospel Oak Line TODAY.

The whole line is closed and two replacement bus services are running around every 15 minutes

  • Barking – South Tottenham operated by double deck buses
  • Gospel Oak – South Tottenham operated by single deck buses (due to low bridges).

There was originally to be only a morning Barking – South Tottenham block until 12:00 for track inspection purposes but this appeared to be cancelled last week. Continue reading

Deliberate fog around library plans.

LBH showed plans for the changes to Marcus Garvey library at the Tottenham Conference on Saturday. Sadly your SoTo correspondent was not there, so if anyone can add to this please comment here. Their statement reads thus:

Designs for the new-look ground floor of Wood Green Library will be on show during two public drop in sessions this Thursday and Friday. (ie last week) Self-service payment machines are moving into the ground floor of the library from next March, as well as additional staff and an enquiries desk where residents will be able to speak to someone in person – meaning visitors to the library will be able to do things like pay for a parking permit, or get information about a council service, alongside the usual range of library facilities.

Their web page about it is spinning out of control about the lovely additions to services at both MG and Wood Green libraries. Lookit:

Haringey Council cabinet member for resources and culture Cllr Jason Arthur said:

“When other councils are turning their backs on their libraries, we want to continue to ensure ours go from strength to strength and these improvements will ensure that the popular, much-loved Wood Green Library is able to offer even more to its visitors.

“Do come along for a first look at the designs and to find out more about what these exciting plans involve.”

Seriously !!!!  They are cutting the library provision by at least a third, and he seems to have missed that MG will be closed for six months from September while these ‘improvements’ are made.

How dim do they think we are?

All this to keep sweet with Grainger so they can hand them the Apex House site. The plans for that have not yet been published, and will not be at the Planning Committee stage till I’d guess about November.  So how can they go ahead with this ‘refurbishment’ before that little smidgeon of democratic process has been gone through?


Tottenham Conference 18th July

From the LBH website – this may or may not be a useful thing to attend. It is very likely, from past experience, to be a massive propaganda exercise for the Council’s demolition-based ‘regeneration’ policies.  Actual detail is a bit thin but the spin is intense.  We’d love to read your feedback, use the Comments here. Now that the Area Forums have been cut (can you hear the relieved sighs from River Park House?) this is a rare chance to say things in public about Council policy.


We are delighted to announce the Tottenham Conference returns on July 18 2015 to Tottenham Town Hall.

Celebrate all things Tottenham, join local community groups, ask questions about regeneration and find out more about what the council and its partners have done in the last year as part of our 20-year plan for Tottenham’s future.

  • Date: 18 July 2015
  • Time: 10am-5pm
  • Location: Tottenham Town Hall

What’s on
The Tottenham Conference will be a jam-packed day full of things to find out, places to explore and people to meet. Plan your day now! Continue reading

Your chance to discuss the overcrowding on the SouthTottenham rail line

Update – this is still happening despite the tube strike.

Reminder, BGORUG (Barking – Gospel Oak Rail User Group (BGORUG) :is holding a public meeting for beleaguered passengers discuss the situation and agree a plan of action for urgent relief from overcrowding on Thursday 9 July at 7pm in Walthamstow. The meeting will be a few minutes walk from Blackhorse Road station at Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS. The Gnome House cafe will be open from 6.30 pm.

See earlier post for more info.