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Barking to Gospel Oak line to reopen on Monday

PUBLISHED: 13:42 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:05 11 January 2018

An overground train pulls into Barking Station

An overground train pulls into Barking Station

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There’s good news for commuters, as the Barking to Gospel Oak line is due to reopen on Monday.

The Overground line has been closed for two months to allow for electrification work.

It was the third significant closure on the route in the past 18 months, having been shut between June 2016 and February 2017, and then again during much of September and October last year as the original work had not been completed on time.

Electrifying the line means that new trains will be able to run on the route, with some shorter platforms extended to increase capacity from two to four carriages.

Testing will now be carried out on the four car electric trains and they are expected to start running on the line in spring.

In the meantime, the existing two car diesel trains will be used, running every 15 minutes throughout the day.

Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “Passengers travelling on the Gospel Oak to Barking line are set to benefit from a transformational, once in a generation upgrade with a new fleet of longer, electric trains so that twice as many people can travel comfortably, once line testing is complete.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to our railway neighbours and passengers for their enormous patience and understanding while we worked to improve this busy London route.”

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