London Overground closure

Closure overview

The map below shows which sections of the London Overground are affected by the work, and when there will be no service.

Because of the scale and complex nature of the work, parts of the line need to close for eight months. The closure phases are:

Sat 4 June - Fri 23 Sep 2016 (completed)

  • Weekdays: South Tottenham to Barking closed; Gospel Oak - South Tottenham runs normally
  • Weekends: Full Gospel Oak - Barking closure

Sat 24 Sep 2016 - Feb 2017 (current)

  • All week: Full Gospel Oak - Barking closure

Replacement buses

Route T

Every 15 minutes on weekdays, every 20 minutes on weekends and bank holidays.

Stop towards Barking
Stop towards Walthamstow
Walthamstow Central
C (Walthamstow Bus station)
AP (Walthamstow Central station)
Leyton Midland Road
SN (Leyton Midland Road station)
NA (Leyton Midland Road station)
Leytonstone High Road
P (Harrow Green)
K (Harrow Green)
Wanstead Park
K (Wanstead Park station)
J (Wanstead Park station)
Woodgrange Park
H (Woodgrange Park station)
G (Woodgrange Park station)
East Ham
A (East Ham station) - alighting only
B (East Ham station) - boarding only
H (Barking station)
K (Barking station)

The replacement bus doesn't call between South Tottenham (a four minute walk from Seven Sisters) and Walthamstow Queen's Road (a nine minute walk from Walthamstow Central) as the Victoria line is a faster alternative. 

Route J

Every 20 minutes on weekdays, every 30 minutes on weekends.
    Stop towards Seven Sisters
    Stop towards Gospel Oak
    Gospel Oak
    GN (Gordon House Road)
    GZ (Gordon House Road)
    Upper Holloway
    P (Elthorne Road)
    S (Upper Holloway station)
    Crouch Hill
    C (Hanley Road)
    N (Fairbridge Road)
    Finsbury Park
    R (Finsbury Park station)
    S (Finsbury Park station)
    Harringay Green Lanes
    HF (Harringay Green Lanes station)
    HM (Harringay Green Lanes station)
    Seven Sisters (for South Tottenham)
    B (Seven Sisters station)
    A (Seven Sisters station)

    Download the bus timetables:

    Alternative travel routes map

    These maps show the closure and travel alternatives, including replacement buses and Tube lines, for each of the two phases. View the maps below or download the PDFs.

    Travel advice from your station

    The closures will affect the following stations - please click on the link for advice on how to get around


    While the work takes place, the following fares arrangements will apply.

    Victoria line journeys
    Tube journeys between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow plus replacement buses will cost a zone 3 fare.

    Zone 1 ticket acceptance
    If you're a regular user of the Gospel Oak to Barking line, you will be refunded the extra cost of travel via zone 1 by Tube or rail. Add pay as you go credit to cover the extra fare until it is refunded each week.

    For this closure, we define regular users as anyone who has used the same Oyster Travelcard or pay as you go card between Gospel Oak and Barking on five occasions between the beginning of April and the start of the closure.

    National Rail ticketholders
    Paper National Rail tickets will be accepted at alternative Tube stations (Finsbury Park, Seven Sisters, Tottenham Hale, Blackhorse Road and Walthamstow Central, East Ham, Barking).

    Paper Travelcards
    Paper Travelcards will only be accepted within the zone printed on the ticket.

    Bus journeys
    Extra bus journeys won't be refunded. You can make two journeys for £1.50 with the new Hopper fare when you change bus or tram within one hour.


    Refunds will be automatically sent to your Oyster or pay as you go card on a weekly basis. You do not have to contact us to set up the refund. Visit to register your Oyster card and see your journey history.

    If you think you're eligible for a refund but it hasn't come through, contact us online or by calling 0343 222 1234. (TfL call charges)

    Step-free access

    All replacement buses are step-free.

    Walthamstow Central and Seven Sisters Tube stations, which might be used as an alternative to the Gospel Oak to Barking line, are not step-free.

    For alternative travel arrangements, please talk to a member of station staff.

    You can view accessibility guides and maps to replan your route or visit our transport accessibility section for more options.

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    Why this is happening

    Network Rail is working on the Gospel Oak to Barking London Overground line on behalf of the Department for Transport and Transport for London. This is part of TfL's improvement plan and the wider Railway Upgrade Plan.

    We're expecting to introduce new, longer four-carriage electric trains to replace the current two-carriage diesel trains from 2018.

    Due to the size and complexity of the project, parts of the line need to close for eight months. During the closure, Network Rail will lower four sections of track, and rebuild or modernise a total of ten bridges.

    TfL is investing in improving platforms and stations to accommodate the longer trains.

    For more information on the engineering works and  to watch a video on what's happening, visit the Network Rail site or follow @NetworkRailGOBE on Twitter.

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