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New Overground trains ‘by spring’ – but five months of closures in Crouch Hill

PUBLISHED: 15:56 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:37 19 December 2017

Crouch Hill will be closed or part-closed for five months.

Crouch Hill will be closed or part-closed for five months.

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New electrified Overground trains will be running on the Gospel Oak to Barking line from “spring”, rail bosses have said.

Crouch Hill bridge is being raised to make room for the electric wires.Crouch Hill bridge is being raised to make room for the electric wires.

The service is currently closed until January 15 while the delayed electrification work is carried out, but the new trains won’t be up and running straight away.

The two-car diesel trains will return when it reopens, with test runs carried out to make sure the new electrical infrastructure is good to go.

All being well they will be running from spring, according to Network Rail. But even that won’t be the end of the disruption.

The train operators have announced dates for the raising of the Crouch Hill bridge – and it will take five months.

The new trains will be running by spring.The new trains will be running by spring.

Starting on January 3 and with a finish date pencilled in for June 1, the work will create more space for overhead lines. It had been scheduled for some time but people in the area were sweating on how long it would take.

Now Network Rail has said the work will be done in three stages, causing major disruption in Crouch Hill and meaning a diversion for the W7 route that travels along it. The Gazette has asked if it will bring any more closures for the Overground line.

A statement on the Network Rail website reads: “Working with Islington Council, there are temporary traffic lights on the A1201 Bridge from Wednesday 3 January to Sunday 18 February. Pedestrian and ramp access is provided. Cyclists can use the road bridge to cross the railway.

“The road bridge closes to all traffic between Trinder Road and Japan Crescent from Monday 19 February to Sunday 29 April. Pedestrian and ramp access is provided. Cyclists will need to wheel their cycles across the bridge.

“We are working closely with Haringey Council on the diversion route. We’ll share more information shortly.

“From Monday 30 April, the Crouch Hill Bridge re-opens to all traffic with temporary traffic lights until Friday 1 June. Pedestrian and ramp access will be maintained outside the station, as the local polling station is open on Thursday 3 May. Cyclists can use the road bridge to cross the railway.”

Islington’s transport chief Cllr Claudia Webbe said the town hall was consulted about the plans and would be monitoring progress

She said: “The timing is not ideal but we support the electrification of this line, which will improve local air quality and bring a much-improved east-west rail service to north Islington.”

Will the road closures affect you? Contact the Gazette on 020 7433 0104 or email sam.gelder@archant.co.uk.

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