Harrow residents are benefiting from ‘major improvements’ to the Bakerloo line and London Overground which aims to provide more reliable journeys between London Euston and Watford Junction moving forward.
The works, undertaken this past weekend on Saturday 11 and Sunday 19 February, to overhaul track, signalling and power supplies for electric trains on a huge stretch of railway and upgrade five stations in the Harrow and North London area including Kenton and Headstone Lane.
The railway reopened for passengers today (Monday 20 February) after a nine-day closure to complete the works.
Carpenders Park, Headstone Lane, Kenton, North Wembley, South Kenton saw a combination of roof repairs, canopy renovations, guttering clearance, platform resurfacing and the installation of tactile paving to improve safety for blind and partially sighted people.
The latest upgrades continue on from work which took place in December last year.
James Dean, Network Rail’s West Coast South route director, said: “Thanks again to passengers for their patience while we closed the railway so we could carry out these essential projects and improve future journeys between London Euston and Watford Junction.
“It enabled us to update sections of track with new equipment which is much more reliable so people can travel in confidence. We were also able to safely deliver work at five stations during this closure – which although may not be visually obvious to passengers from platform level – was important to protect the structures from bad weather.”
Rory O’Neill, TfL’s general manager for London Overground, said: “We would like to thank customers again for their continued patience while Network Rail and TfL made these vital infrastructure improvements designed to increase train reliability and customer comfort. Our goal is always to provide our customers with the safest and most reliable service possible, and these major improvements will help to ensure we can do just that.”
To learn more about how Network Rail maintains and upgrades the railway you can visit www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/looking-after-the-railway/