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Train companies affected:Avanti West Coast, c2c, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, London Northwestern Railway, Lumo, Merseyrail, Northern, Southern, Thameslink, Transport for Wales, TransPennine Express, West Midlands Railway

No trains on the Chingford line for 16 consecutive days this summer

Trains will not run from Saturday 20 July – Sunday 4 August while Network Rail replaces a 150-year-old bridge and delivers vital maintenance.

London Overground

There will be no London Overground trains between Hackney Downs and Chingford from 20 July - 4 August.

This means there will be no rail service to or from Clapton, St James Street, Walthamstow Central, Wood Street, Highams Park and Chingford stations.

To help people get around during the works:

  • Rail replacement buses will run between Hackney Downs and Chingford every 20 minutes, calling at all stations

  • The Victoria line will be operating between Walthamstow Central and central London throughout the period

  • Local buses will be running across the affected London Overground line, with passengers particularly advised to check routes 97, 212, 230 and 275

  • London Overground services to Enfield Town and Cheshunt will serve Bethnal Green and Hackney Downs stations

Passengers using London Overground’s Enfield Town and Cheshunt lines should also check before they travel as there will be a different timetable on these routes during the 16 days.

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Map showing closure of Chingford line

Greater Anglia and Stansted Express

From 20 July – 4 August, Greater Anglia trains that usually run between Liverpool Street and Hertford East will start and finish at Stratford instead. On Sundays, these services will be reduced to run every hour.

On Mondays to Saturdays during this time, Liverpool Street to Cambridge / Stansted Airport services will be diverted via, and call at, Seven Sisters instead of Tottenham Hale. On Sundays, for most of the day, Liverpool Street to Cambridge / Stansted Airport services will call at Tottenham Hale as normal.

The usual Stratford – Meridian Water shuttle services won’t run during the works, but other services will make additional stops at Lea Bridge, Meridian Water and Northumberland Park. Bishop’s Stortford to Stratford trains will also not operate, with passengers advised to use alternative services.

Trains may leave at different times than normal throughout the period and journey times may be extended by several minutes.

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Why is this happening?

Network Rail is replacing a deteriorating bridge between Hackney Downs and Clapton stations.

It is in very poor condition, so a new bridge is needed to keep passengers and road users safe. The new bridge is designed to last for 120 years. In addition, Network Rail will be carrying out maintenance at sites up and down the route.