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Check before you travel! Weekend 24 & 25 January

Plan your journey during the works on the Tube, Overground and DLR 22 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

London Overground Suspended between Gospel Oak and Stratford from 15:00 on Saturday and all day on Sunday. Suspended between Kilburn High Road to Euston from 21:00 on Saturday and until noon on Sunday.

LINE STATUS

Docklands Light Railway Partly suspended between Westferry and Stratford stations all weekend. Tower Gateway station will be closed until spring 2009.

St Paul’s station on the Central line is closed all weekend.

The entire Circle line will be suspended all weekend.
The District line will be partly suspended between Earl’s Court and Whitechapel stations all weekend. Revised services will operate:
Ealing Broadway – High Street Kensington every 15 minutes;
Richmond – High Street Kensington every 15 minutes;
Earl’s Court – Kensington (Olympia) every 15 minutes;
Edgware Road – Wimbledon
every seven and a half minutes; and Upminster – Whitechapel every 10 minutes.

The Hammersmith & City line will be enhanced to operate every 5 minutes between Hammersmith and Whitechapel, with alternate trains extended to operate every 10 minutes to and from Barking.

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 (for Metropolitan line).
Service B: Wembley Park – Neasden – Dollis Hill – Willesden Green – Kilburn – West Hampstead – Finchley Road (for Metropolitan line).
On Saturday only, the Metropolitan line will be partly suspended between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Amersham/Chesham/Watford.

Three replacement bus services will operate:
Service A: Harrow-on-the-Hill to Chesham calling at North Harrow , Pinner, Northwood Hills, Northwood, Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Chalfont & Latimer and Amersham.

Service B: Harrow-on-the Hill to Watford calling at North Harrow, Pinner, Northwood Hills, Northwood, Rickmansworth and Croxley.

Service C: Northwood to Moor Park.

Revised services will operate Aldgate – Uxbridge every 10 minutes and Baker Street – Harrow-on-the-Hill every 10 minutes.

On Sunday only, the Metropolitan line will be partly suspended between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Northwood/Rickmansworth.

A replacement bus service will operate between Harrow –on-the-Hill and Northwood calling at North Harrow, Pinner and Northwood Hills.

Revised services will operate:
Aldgate – Uxbridge every 10 minutes
Baker Street – Harrow –on-the-Hill every 10 minutes
Northwood – Watford every 20 minutes,
Chalfont & Latimer – Chesham every 40 minutes
There are no Chiltern Railways services between Amersham and Marylebone 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 because of station improvement works.

On the Piccadilly line, Covent Garden station is closed before 08:00 on Sundays to Thursdays and closed after 23:30 on Sundays to Wednesdays until late March.

London Overground will be suspended between Gospel Oak and Stratford from 15:00 on Saturday and all day on Sunday.
Valid tickets will be accepted on replacement buses which will run in both directions between:
Gospel Oak – Kentish Town West – Camden Road – Caledonian Road & Barnsbury – Highbury & Islington – Canonbury – Dalston Kingsland – Hackney Central – Homerton – Hackney Wick – Stratford.

London Overground will be suspended between Kilburn High Road to Euston from 21:00 on Saturday and until noon on Sunday. Valid tickets will be accepted on London Underground services to and from Queen’s Park via Zone 1 stations.

All London Overground trains arriving and departing from Clapham Junction will be diverted to Platform 17 all weekend.

Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

DLR Services will be suspended between Westferry and Canning Town stations all weekend due to Investment Programme works to extend platforms enabling three-carriage trains to be introduced from 2010.

Replacement bus services will operate Canary Wharf – Canning Town.

During this disruption train services will operate:
Bank to Lewisham;
Stratford to Lewisham;
Canning Town to Beckton; and
Canning Town to Woolwich Arsenal.
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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