Electrification of Gospel Oak to Barking line set to be complete for new double-length trains
Network Rail has set out the plan for delivering the remaining electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking line ahead of the introduction of brand-new double-length trains from 2018.
Network Rail’s electrification installation will be completed in January 2018, enabling testing of the new electric trains and driver training to begin.
Current diesel services will continue to run as normal until replaced by new double-length trains.
“The Gospel Oak to Barking line is set to benefit from a transformational upgrade with better services provided by a new fleet of longer electric trains, doubling the current capacity,” said Meliha Duymaz, route managing director. “This project has not been without its difficulties and we’d like to apologise for the continued disruption and thank both passengers and neighbours for their patience while we finish our work.
“We still have a lot to do but with a new team in place to finish off the project, I’m confident that the immense benefits of this once-in-a-lifetime investment will be realised in the months ahead, and the benefits enjoyed for years to come.”
Trains are set to start entering passenger service from spring 2018.