People who use the Bakerloo line or the London Overground in northwest London will need to find alternative routes in February as both lines will be closed for nine days worth of engineering works.

The closure is the second after the lines were closed over Christmas.

Section of Tube Map showing lines that will be closed (c) TfL

During the Christmas closure, Network Rail, which owns the track says that it was able to overhaul track and equipment on a 20-mile stretch of railway and upgrade five stations along the line.

North Wembley, South Kenton, Kenton, Headstone Lane and Carpenders Park saw a combination of roof repairs, canopy renovations, guttering clearance, platform resurfacing and the installation of tactile paving to improve safety for blind and partially sighted people.

On the railway, some 6,000 concrete sleepers were installed in place of wooden ones dating back to the 1950s, while 1.6km of railway drainage was upgraded between Harlesden and Kenton to prevent future flooding.

Ans also 10km of new cabling for signals was installed. Network Rails says that the seven-day closure enabled them to condense 10 years of out of hours work into one week.

A derelict, railway-locked electricity substation in danger of collapse was also demolished.

Track foundation stone AKA ballast being renewed during December 2022 upgrade (c) Network Rail

However, the works are not completed, and between Saturday 11th and Sunday 19th February, the same stretch of railway will be closed for similar essential improvements to remaining stations, track and line side equipment, including 5,000 more sleepers being replaced.

The scale of the work means the Bakerloo line between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Wealdstone and the London Overground between Euston and Watford Junction will once again be closed.

Over the nine-day closure, passengers affected by the upgrades can complete their journeys by using alternative rail lines, existing or the temporary bus routes, 718, 719 and 720, that were provided during the Christmas closure.

There will also be fewer services running on the rest of the Bakerloo line between Elephant & Castle and Queen’s Park during the closure periods as there will be no access to one of TfL’s depots meaning fewer trains are available.

London Overground track and equipment upgrades December 2022 (c) Network Rail

James Dean, Network Rail’s West Coast South route director, said: “We’re really grateful to passengers for their patience while we closed the railway just before Christmas so we could carry out these essential projects.”

“It enabled us to bring sections of track right into the 21st century with new equipment which is much more reliable and robust. We were also able to transform five stations making them cleaner and brighter – I hope people enjoy using them much more as a result. Next month we’ll be returning to carry out even more work to improve the Bakerloo line and London Overground for the future.”

Kenton station platform canopies after December 2022 upgrade work (c) Network Rail

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11 comments
  1. Bob Bridle says:

    If only they were restoring the fourth rail to Watford Junction!
    Are the infrequent Southern services to Milton Keynes running during this time?

  2. Jamie Stallwood says:

    Hi Bob,

    Sadly, Watford Junction will never see LUL trains again 🙁

    The hourly Southern services are still not going further North than Watford Junction, except for one early morning and one late night that go as far as Hemel.

    Once again, the works are timed to wreck leisure travel over the half-term period.

  3. NG says:

    What’s actually needed next are new Bakerloo line trains …
    The current ones are only just about holding together

    • nick lewis says:

      Simple electricals they will just keep on going. Central Line trains now need new traction drives and motors because they can’t source the electronic parts for the old drives.

  4. Sunny says:

    They needs to be two parking spots at narrow and headstone station. It’s long waiting for a train.

    • Rob King says:

      Narrow and headstone – very amusing- now that brightened up my day 🤣
      I shall never pass though Harrow and Wealdstone without smiling!

  5. K O’Dwyer says:

    Why don’t they work 24hrs as they always did before. The disruption before Christmas was bang out of order. Now again our leisure time is disrupted and we are unable to go out. The bus services are rubbish and taxis too exspensive.

  6. Mike Oxlong says:

    Bakerloo is my favourite line and usually selected over the Jubilee.

  7. Kai Chung says:

    A Major Recession is a great time to perform major upgrades on any railway, such as South Kensington Full Escalator Replacements on the Piccadilly Line during 2021/2022. Demand is heavily suppressed during the Ongoing Covid-19-Recession Time & it’s the ideal opportunity to get essential works done too.

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