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17-mile stretch of railway ‘upgrade’ to affect Harrow commuters

People using the Bakerloo line and London Overground are being advised to plan their journeys in advance ahead of major works to improve rail routes across Harrow.

A huge 17-mile stretch of railway in north London is set to be ‘upgraded’ between Saturday 11 and Sunday 19 February that is hoped to improve journey times and reliability across the network.

The Bakerloo line between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Wealdstone and the London Overground between Euston and Watford Junction will be closed for nine days as the work is carried out.

Passengers are being advised to plan ahead by checking TfL travel tools as they prepare for journeys.

James Dean, Network Rail’s West Coast South route director, said: “The previous partnership working shows how the rail industry is committed to improving rail journeys for passengers. Once again we’re returning to overhaul equipment on the Bakerloo Line and London Underground with that shared goal our total focus.

“I appreciate that doing this essential work over consecutive days will be disruptive for passengers so I’d urge people to keep in mind the line between Euston and Watford will be closed and to check National Rail Enquiries and TfL for alternative public transport options in and out of the capital.”

Between the dates of Saturday 11 and Sunday 19 February, TfL passengers affected by the upgrades can complete their journeys using local bus routes and rail replacement bus services to reach their destination or to connect with alternative rail routes.

Geoff Hobbs, director of public transport service planning for TfL, said: “Work is continuing on essential track renewal that will help ensure our customers’ journeys are more reliable in the future.  Network Rail and Transport for London continue to work collaboratively on these improvements to ensure they can be delivered as quickly as possible and helping minimise the impact for our customers.

“We strongly advise our customers to use TfL’s Journey Planner or the TfL Go app to plan their journeys in advance during these essential closures.”