Gospel Oak to Barking line reopens…but works miss target

Today (27th February), the Gospel Oak to Barking line on London Overground after five months of full closure for important National Rail works to convert the line to electric.

Although the line has reopened it has been revealed that National Rail had failed to complete the planned works on time. This was due to the fact that the structures that were meant to carry overhead lines were of the wrong design. This means there will be further delays and several materials were not delivered on time either. More closures will be planned meaning more disruption to passengers.

Transport for London are planning to get compensation from National Rail for not delivering the works on time. National Rail, however have insisted that the works will be delivered in good time.

New trains will arrive next year which enable four car electric trains to operate.

Getting rarer…

I was on board the very few D stock trains operating on the District line. The S7 stock is gradually taking over the line. If you love old trains, then take the opportunity to ride on one of these. Although no official word has come when exactly the D stock trains will be phased out on the London Underground, it could be anytime soon! Here’s a couple of photos of the interior…