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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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.


News for squashed passengers on the Overground lines

but not good news – upgrades to the Barking-Gospel Oak line do not include extra carriages.

From the Barking – Gospel Oak Rail User Group (BGORUG) newsletter:


As picked up by RAIL magazine please note the wishful thinking in the very last paragraph. The 8 Class 172 diesel units are 2-CARRIAGES ONLY! TfL went out to tender for 3-carriage diesel trains in May 2012 but never placed the order, condemning passengers to ever worsening overcrowding which is now set to last until 2018.
Meanwhile Barking – Gospel Oak passengers have to endure 3 more years of intolerable overcrowding before the new trains arrive. If Network Rail complete electrification of the route on time in mid 2017, the diesel trains will running for a year underneath energised power cables which will only be used by occasional electrically hauled freight trains! Continue reading

New SoTo station frontage to replace La Fonda de Maria

Detailed plans are published for changes to South Tottenham Overground Line rail station, at HGY/2013/1040 .

It’s major changes – the main entrance would be moved south into the restaurant La Fonda de Maria, the other side of the bridge.  The restaurant is in fact the old station ticket office, so would be converted back to this use. Two 16-person lifts added, thus bringing the station into line with the 2010 Disability Discrimination Act.

I’m finding it hard to imagine what the overall effect will be, please those of you who can read plans have a look and see what you make of it.  One comment (#003) points out that there is likely to be more works in the near future with the electrification of this Gospel Oak-Barking line, and that platforms would be lengthened then to accommodate longer trains.

There’s an interesting account of the history of the site hidden in the plan details, based on reading old maps, including the shifting location of the culverted Moselle brook, and the old businesses and workshops that have long disappeared.

Can people from the restaurant, and from Stevenson House which sits next to the station, add their comments?


Choose a route for Crossrail 2

Crossrail 2 would create a new high-frequency, high-capacity rail line running between south west and north east London.

Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail (NR) are seeking the views of people in London and south east England on Crossrail 2.

Crossrail 2 replaces an earlier scheme known as the Chelsea-Hackney Line. Crossrail 2 would help to relieve congestion on both the national and TfL rail networks, and support economic development in and around London. Continue reading