At the weekend, the Gospel Oak to Barking Line, sometimes known as the Goblin line, closed temporarily for electrification works. Although we hope that in the long term this will give us a better service, the long closure of our stretch causes significant disruptions for Forest Gaters, and along with all the Crossrail preparation works at Forest Gate station is a really bitter pill to swallow.
Seyi organised a meeting for her, me, and representatives from TfL who run this line, and we will continue to liaise with them, and to advocate on behalf of our residents.
I was also sent the following article which gives some more information about the works taking place, and thought I’d put it here on the blog in case it was useful to anyone.
Article about electrification works
(With apologies as ever for my inability to embed PDFs into posts.)
PS I can’t write this short post without responding to Ellie’s previous one giving the sad news that she has resigned as a councillor. I am torn between feeling thrilled for her and for London about her new role, and feeling personally so sad for us in Forest Gate. She has been so great to work with: hard-working, thoughtful, collaborative, challenging, and always supportive and inspiring. We will miss you, Ellie.