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Works start on delayed rail electrification scheme

Network Rail

Engineering works are taking place over eight weekends on the £130M Barking to Gospel Oak rail electrification scheme, which has suffered delays caused by design errors.

Work had not finished on the 22.4km line when it reopened in February after an eight month closure, as design mistakes on structures needed to carry overhead lines meant they could not be installed. Late delivery of materials had added to the delays.

Engineering works to electrify the line began on Sunday 4 June and will continue until 23 July. Network Rail has confirmed that more closures will be needed, with dates to be released as they are finalised with Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport.

“We will continue the electrification work during weekends in June and July while we finalise our full schedule. We will share our full plans, including details of future closures with customers as soon as they are confirmed,” said Network Rail Rail’s route managing director for Anglia Richard Schofield.

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