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24.10.14

Overground platform extensions to allow five-car running

Platform extension works begin at Willesden Junction next week to accommodate the introduction of five-car carriages on the network, as part of the wider £320m London Overground Capacity Improvement Programme (LOCIP). 

The work between 29 October and 2 November will mean a partial suspension of the Bakerloo line and some London Overground services connecting to Willesden Junction for five days. 

Mike Stubbs, TfL’s director of London Overground, said: “I apologise for the inconvenience caused but these works are essential for the high-performing London Overground service to continue to grow to meet increasing demand. 

“Before we can deliver to passengers a fifth carriage and the benefits of extra space and a more comfortable commute, we need to extend not only the platform at Willesden Junction low level station but also carry out some track work there. 

“To help reduce disruption, we have scheduled the work for the mid-term break which always sees reduced numbers of passengers.” 

In the upcoming edition of RTM, we spoke to Stubbs about the progress being made on LOCIP, the newly opened Silwood sidings facility and what work is left to do on the project. 

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