Bakerloo line and London Overground services will be affected by essential railway upgrades which will impact journeys between 17th & 23rd December 2022.

Network Rail will carry out major improvements to a 20-mile stretch of railway meaning the Bakerloo line between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Wealdstone and the London Overground between Euston and Watford Junction will be closed.

The improvements will include:

  • Installing 6,000 modern concrete sleepers in place of 1950s wooden ones
  • Flood prevention by upgrading 1.6km of railway drainage between Harlesden and Kenton
  • Replacing 10km of cabling for signals
  • Upgrading the power supply
  • Demolition of a derelict substation in danger of collapse
  • Improvements to 11 stations north of Queen’s Park including platform resurfacing and roof canopy maintenance

Customers are encouraged to use existing bus services to connect to alternative rail routes, including the nearby Metropolitan or Jubilee lines. Temporary bus routes 718, 719 and 720 will be available during the closure periods. These will run between Watford Junction and Harrow & Wealdstone, and between Harrow & Wealdstone and Queen’s Park, and will cost the same as a standard bus fare. Hopper fare gives customers unlimited bus journeys for £1.65, made within one hour of touching in.

Customers for central London can also use London Northwestern Railway services from Watford Junction, Bushey, Harrow & Wealdstone or Wembley Central, which will operate as normal.

Plan ahead by checking the TfL Website for more information.