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Friday, 22 January 2010

North London Line update

One of the items on the agenda at the Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Forum this week was the upgrading of the North London Line.

As anyone who uses the line regularly will know, it is not very reliable and has suffered from years of underinvestment.

Over the last few years, there have been improvements with stations now manned, graffiti removed and passengers can use Oyster Pay as You Go.

However, the line needs new tracks, signals, longer platforms, and a new power infrastructure to ensure the trains are more frequent and reliable.

To complete this work, the section of the North London Line (NLL) which runs through Hackney will close completely from 20 February to 1 June.

A rail replacement service will provide buses every 20 minutes, six days a week, serving all NLL stations in Hackney. On Sundays this will be reduced to two buses an hour. Transport for London (TfL) says the closure from Gospel Oak to Stratford is necessary. Representatives from TfL also explained to the meeting that Pay as You Go Oyster users who have to travel through Zone 1 as a result of the closures will have their fares refunded next time they 'touch in' at a station three days later.

More information can be found on TfL's website here.

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