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Check before you travel! Weekend 17 & 18 January

Plan your journey during the works on the Tube, Overground and DLR

16 January 2009 -London Underground (LU) is undertaking a major programme of renewal as part of Transport for London’s Investment Programme. The work will be undertaken by Tube Lines and Metronet Rail. This bulletin now also includes information about the new London Overground network and Docklands Light Railway.

Tube, London Overground and Docklands Light Railway improvement works will inevitably result in some disruption for passengers, but TfL is working hard to provide information and alternative travel options. The work is essential to provide for London’s growing transport needs now and into the future.

TfL is urging all Londoners and Tube, London Overground and DLR passengers to “check before you travel” at weekends, allowing extra journey time where necessary.

TfL’s Improvement Works media bulletin is issued weekly and summarises all the forthcoming weekend’s work and provides links to more detailed information.

London Overground is a train service acquired by Transport for London last year.

Over £1.4bn is being invested in upgrading and extending this network which will require extensive engineering works during the next three years.

TfL advises passengers to check before travelling via the following options:
· The TfL website: www.tfl.gov.uk/tubeworks;
· The London Travel Info 24hrs telephone helpline: 020 7222 1234;
· BBC Ceefax, page 436, or ITV’s Teletext, page 164; and
· Information on posters, leaflets and “Good Service” boards at Tube stations.

A summary of this weekend’s improvement works on the Tube, London Overground and DLR is below.

LINE    STATUS 
Bakerloo line 
  Good service.  
Central line    Partly suspended between North Acton and West Ruislip stations all weekend.  
   Circle line     Partly suspended between King’s Cross St. Pancras and Moorgate all weekend.   
District line   Partly suspended between Barking and Upminster stations all weekend.   
East London line        The line is closed for major extension work until summer 2010. 
Hammersmith & City line Partly suspended between Edgware Road and Barking all weekend. 
Jubilee line    Partly suspended between Waterloo and Stanmore stations all weekend due to line upgrade work.  
Metropolitan line       Partly suspended between Baker Street and Aldgate all weekend. 

Northern line   Trains will not be stopping at Clapham Common and Oval Tube stations from 22:00 every evening Sundays to Thursdays until 2 April.      
Piccadilly line Good service. Hatton Cross station will be closed all weekend. Covent Garden station will be closed before 08:00 on Sundays to Thursday and closed after 23:30 on Sundays to Wednesdays starting from 18 January.                                      
Victoria line   The entire line is suspended all weekend.      
Waterloo & City line    Good service. There is no Sunday service       

LINE   STATUS 
London Overground 
      Suspended between Dalston Kingsland and Stratford on Sunday.

LINE    STATUS 
Docklands Light Railway Partly suspended between Bank & Mudchute/Poplar and Poplar & Mudchute all weekend and Stratford & Poplar on Sunday 18 January. Tower Gateway station will be closed until spring 2009. 

The Central line will be partly suspended between North Acton and West Ruislip stations all weekend. Two replacement buses will run:
Service A: West Ruislip – Ruislip Gardens – South Ruislip – Northolt – North Acton
Service B: Northolt – Greenford – Perivale – Hanger Lane – North Acton

The Circle line will be partly suspended between King’s Cross St. Pancras and Moorgate stations all weekend due to Network Rail engineering work at Farringdon.

The District line
will be partly suspended between Barking and Upminster stations all weekend. Two replacement buses will run:
Service A : Barking – Upney – Becontree – Dagenham Heathway – Dagenham East
Service B: Barking – Dagenham East – Elm Park – Hornchurch – Upminster Bridge – Upminster.

The Hammersmith & City line
will be partly suspended between Edgware Road and Barking stations all weekend due to Network Rail engineering work at Farringdon.

The Jubilee line
will be partly suspended between Waterloo and Stanmore stations all weekend due to line upgrade work. Two replacement buses will run:
Service A: Stanmore – Canons Park – Queensbury – Kingsbury – Wembley Park
Service B: Wembley Park – Neasden – Dollis Hill – Willesden Green – Kilburn – West Hampstead – Finchley Road.
The Metropolitan line will be partly suspended between Baker Street and Aldgate stations all weekend due to Network Rail engineering work at Farringdon.

Northern line
trains will not be stopping at Clapham Common and Oval Tube stations from 22:00 every evening Sundays to Thursdays until 2 April because of station improvement works.
On the Piccadilly line, Hatton Cross station is closed all weekend. Covent Garden station is closed before 08:00 on Sundays to Thursdays and closed after 23:30 on Sundays to Wednesdays starting 18 January.           

The Victoria line is completely closed all weekend. Two replacement buses will run.
Service A: Walthamstow Central – Blackhorse Road – Tottenham Hale – Seven Sisters – Manor House – Finsbury Park.
Service B: Victoria – Pimlico – Vauxhall – Stockwell – Brixton.
London Overground will be suspended between Dalston Kingsland and Stratford on Sunday. Valid London Overground tickets will be accepted on the rail replacement buses which will run in both directions as follows: Dalston Kingsland – Hackney Central – Homerton – Hackney Wick – Stratford.

Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

DLR Services will be suspended between Bank & Mudchute/Poplar and Poplar & Mudchute all weekend and Stratford & Poplar on Sunday 18 January due to Investment Programme works to extend platforms enabling three-carriage trains to be introduced from 2010.

Replacement bus services will operate: Bank – Island Gardens express via Canary Wharf; Bank – Island Gardens; Stratford – Canary Wharf via Blackwall (Sunday only).
During this disruption train services will operate: Mudchute – Lewisham; Poplar – Beckton; Blackwall – Woolwich Arsenal; Poplar – Stratford (Saturday only).
Tower Gateway station is closed until spring 2009 for platform extension and escalator upgrade works.

Once completed, passengers will benefit from:
·               More space on platforms
·       Longer canopies with increased weather protection
·       Easier boarding and alighting from trains
·       New energy-saving escalators


During this closure, passengers will need to use alternative routes. For travel planning and advice use Journey Planner at www.tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner

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