London Overground and Liverpool Street trains to grind to halt for 16 days

A railway bridge in Hackney will be replaced with a new structure that will last 120 years (Network Rail)
A railway bridge in Hackney will be replaced with a new structure that will last 120 years (Network Rail)

Trains between Liverpool Street and Chingford will grind to a halt for 16 days including on the London Overground while a 150-year-old bridge is replaced.

Network Rail will replace a railway bridge near Hackney Downs Park at the junction of Downs Park Road and Bodney Road between July 20 and August 4.

Over the 16 consecutive days, engineers from Network Rail’s contractor, Murphy, will demolish the old bridge, which is deteriorating, and start building the new one, shutting London Overground services between Hackney Downs and Chingford.

Passengers wanting to travel between Liverpool Street and Hackney Downs will be able to use London Overground services running to and from Enfield Town and Cheshunt.

Greater Anglia services that usually run between Liverpool Street and Hertford East will start and finish at Stratford instead.

Work began at the site in March and part of Downs Park Road has been closed to vehicles. The road will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists from July 2024.

The project is expected to be completed by early 2025 and the new bridge is designed to last for 120 years.

The usual Stratford – Meridian Water services won’t run, but other services will make additional stops at Meridian Water and Northumberland Park.

Train services from Liverpool Street to Cambridge and Stansted Airport will also be diverted and will call at Seven Sisters instead of Tottenham Hale.

Bishop’s Stortford to Stratford services will not run and passengers should use alternative services.

Train services will also be affected for works on June 23, July 13 and July 14, August 17 and August 18, September 1 and September 8.

Simon Milburn, Network Rail Anglia infrastructure director, said: “Thousands of people travel under and over this bridge every day by rail and road, and our project is vital to keeping their future journeys safe and reliable.

“We’re sorry for the disruption this summer but we’ll be working flat out to deliver a replacement bridge that will serve the community for generations to come.”