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A big section of the London Overground will close this summer

Part of the orange line is closing for two weeks, affecting much of east and northeast London

India Lawrence
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India Lawrence

East Londoners, beware! A whole section of the London Overground is shutting down for two weeks in the summer, meaning getting to Liverpool Street is going to be a real pain. 

A big chunk of the orange line will be closed for 16 days this summer as Network Rail replaces a large bridge supporting a road junction near Hackney Downs. Here’s all the information about the closure. 

Which stations will be affected by the Overground closure?

The Chingford to Liverpool Street Overground, AKA the Weaver line, and Greater Anglia services will be affected by the two-week closure of the railway line. 

On the Overground, this means no services to or from Clapton, St James Street, Walthamstow Central, Wood Street, Highams Park and Chingford stations.

Greater Anglia services that usually run between Liverpool Street and Hertford East will start and finish at Stratford instead. The usual Stratford to Meridian Water services won’t run, but other services will make additional stops at Meridian Water and Northumberland Park.

The Liverpool Street to Cambridge / Stansted Airport services will be diverted via Seven Sisters instead of Tottenham Hale. Bishop’s Stortford to Stratford services won’t be running either.

When will the Overground be closed?

The Overground will be closed for engineering works for 16 days from July 20 to August 4.

Why is the Overground closing?

According to London transport expert IanVisits, part of a railway arch near Hackney Downs, built in the 1860s, needs replacing. Engineers will demolish the old bridge to build a new one.

The 150-year-old bridge over the railway is located to the south of Hackney Downs Park and carries the junction of Downs Park Road and Bodney Road. It backs directly on to a tunnel, which emerges further down the line towards Clapton.

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