The latest round of closures on the delayed Barking to Gospel Oak electrification scheme has been confirmed as Network Rail says more than half the electric cable has now been installed.
Work had not finished on the 22.4km London project in February this year when it reopened after an eight-month closure. Design mistakes on structures needed to carry overhead lines meant they could not be installed, and late delivery of materials had added to the delays.
Subsequent closures have pushed up costs on the scheme by £39M from £132M to £171M, including compensation for Transport for London (TfL) which has put £25M towards the scheme. Engineering work is due to finish in January.
At the moment the line is completely closed until 23 October, after which Network Rail says it will have completed 90% of the cable installation. Weekend closures will continue and a further full closure is scheduled from 18 November 2017 until 14 January 2018 while the last structures are installed and the line is tested.
“The Gospel Oak to Barking line is 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,” said Network Rail route managing director for Anglia Meliha Duymaz.
“Our teams will be on hand at station events to explain the work and answer any questions passengers and neighbours may have.”
A review into what went wrong with the electrification scheme is underway.