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Parts of the London Underground and Overground will be closed for six days as customers are urged to take the bus

Parts of the London Underground and Overground will be closed for six days as customers are urged to take the bus
Parts of the London Underground and Overground will be closed for six days as customers are urged to take the bus

Customers have been advised to use London buses as part of a Tube line and a section of the Overground will be closed for six days. From Saturday 3 August to Thursday 8 August, Network Rail engineers will carry out £2 million of ‘improvements’ to a 16-mile stretch of track in north London.

This will affect the Bakerloo line between Queen’s Park and Harrow and Wealdstone stations, and the London Overground between Euston and Watford Junction. There will also be reduced services on the rest of the Bakerloo line between Elephant and Castle and Queen’s Park during the closures, as there will be no access to any of the Transport for London (TfL) depots, meaning fewer trains will be available.




Officials say the closure is being used to ‘upgrade’ equipment that has reached the end of its useful life and is ‘prone to failure’. Completing this critical work will improve the railway’s reliability for passengers, bosses promise.

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Some of London Overground’s infrastructure is in need of upgrading(Image: Adam Toms/MyLondon)

Bakerloo line and London Overground customers are encouraged to use existing bus services to connect to alternative train routes, including the nearby Central, Jubilee or Metropolitan lines, for fast connections to/from central London.

Temporary bus services

During the closure periods, temporary bus routes 718, 719 and 720 will be available. These provide connections to the Bakerloo, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines.

These are

  • Route 718 will run between Queen’s Park and Harrow and Wealdstone
  • Route 719 operates between Queen’s Park and Wembley Park (weekdays only, 7:30am to 8:30pm)
  • Route 720 runs between Watford Junction and Harrow-on-the-Hill (via Harrow and Wealdstone)

Standard fares apply for these routes. TfL Bus Hopper fare gives customers unlimited bus journeys for £1.75, taken within an hour of arrival.