Londoners can expect some travel disruption this summer as a major section of the London Overground will be closed.

The closure comes as Network Rail is set to carry out essential work on the orange service across the span of 16 days.

Work on the Overground will see a large bridge that supports a road junction near Hackney Downs replaced. 

Serval stations and services will be affected as a result of the closures.

When will the London Overground be closed this summer?

The London Overground will be closed for the essential engineers' works from July 20 to August 4 for 16 days.

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Why is the London Overground closing this summer?

The Overground will be closing as a railway arch at Hackney Downs is being replaced, according to IanVists.

Built in the 1860s, the old bridge will be demolished as a new one is built.

What services will be affected by the London Overground works?

Over the 16 days of work, the following services are expected to be affected:

  • Chingford to Liverpool Street Overground (Weaver Line)
  • Greater Anglia 

The Weaver Line's closures will mean that there will be no services to or from Clapton, St James Street, Wood Street, Higham Park, Chingford Station and Walthamstow Central.

Services that usually run on Greater Anglia connections that run from Liverpool Street and Hertford East will instead start journeys at Stratford.

Stratford to Meridian Waters will not run however, other services will stop at Meridian Water and Northumberland Park.

Liverpool Street to Cambridge and Stansted Airport services will go via Seven Sisters rather than Tottenham Hale.

Plus, Bishop Stortford to Stratford will not be running.

London Underground Piccadilly line to close as TfL make upgrades

As well as a section of the Overground closing, the Piccadilly line on the Tube will also be shut as major upgrades take place.

The Piccadilly line upgrades will see brand new trains and a new look as £2.9 billion is expected to be spent on the project.

While a date for the line closures has not yet been confirmed, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has shared that TfL are currently deciding when the service will shut.


TfL's £2.9b project is said to offer "more reliably, safely, inclusively and sustainably" services on the Piccadilly line.

Sharing that the service counts for more than 10% of all journeys on the Tube and along with adding new trains TfL will be " upgrading ageing assets on the line."

The new Tube trains will offer:

  • Walk-through carriages
  • Air-conditioning, for the first time on a deep Tube train
  • Wider all-double doorways to help customers get on and off more easily
  • Enhanced digital display screens for customer information
  • Improved step-free access from/onto the platform
  • On-train CCTV cameras for additional customer security

Altogether there will be 94 new trains that will replace the current 86, meaning there will be 27 trains on the line each hour.