A large portion of the London Overground that serves east London will be closing this Saturday February 13 until February 21.
The nine-day closure will affect the line from Shadwell to Highbury and Islington and is due to major works taking place at Whitechapel for Crossrail services that will start running in 2018. The line running from Shadwell to Highbury was originally known as the East London Line, until it was incorporated into the Overground.
50,000 commuters use this part of the Overground every day and the closure will affect them as well as residents and business owners alike.
Eastlondonlines spoke to Olivia Abbatt, owner of pop up coffee shop, Make Coffee, based at Haggerston Station: “The Crossrail works are going to affect my business because I am going to close for a week because it’s also half term so I thought it would be pretty quiet around here. Since I pay the council a daily rate to be here I thought it would be better to close.”
Replacement bus services will be running from all of the closed stations and commuters are advised to use nearby Overground services from Dalston Kingsland. The closure has been planned to take place during the school holidays to minimise disruption.