East London Railway Line To Close For 16 Days This Summer

Last Updated 19 April 2024

East London Railway Line To Close For 16 Days This Summer
Bridge over a railway line
This bridge will be demolished, and work on a replacement will begin. Image: Network Rail

A stretch of railway between Liverpool Street and Chingford will close for 16 days this July-August, with London Overground and Greater Anglia services unable to run in the area.

The closure is due to an ongoing road bridge replacement project, just north of Hackney Downs station, at the junction of Bodney Road and Downs Park Road. The current bridge, already closed to vehicular traffic, will be demolished and the process of building the new one will begin.

Details to be aware of between 20 July and 4 August 2024:

  • There will be no London Overground services between Hackney Downs and Chingford. This means no trains at Clapton, St James Street, Walthamstow Central, Wood Street, Highams Park and Chingford stations. Services between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town/Cheshunt will serve all stops as normal, including those between Liverpool Street and Hackney Downs, though these trains may run on a different timetable to usual.
Maintenance staff working in a railway tunnel
Image: Network Rail
  • Greater Anglia services that usually run between Liverpool Street and Hertford East will start and finish at Stratford instead of Liverpool Street. The usual Stratford to Meridian Water services won’t run, but other services will make additional stops at both Meridian Water and Northumberland Park. Liverpool Street to Cambridge/Stansted Airport services will call at Seven Sisters instead of Tottenham Hale. Bishop’s Stortford to Stratford services will not operate.

The Victoria line to and from Walthamstow Central will run as usual, as will local bus services — though expect them to be busier as people seek alternate routes.

In addition to the full closure, some services will be altered in the preceding weeks to allow for prep works. Check the Network Rail website for details and latest updates, and check your journey before you set off.