News

Frustration after Gospel Oak to Barking Overground line suspended two days in a row 

TfL closed the track due to broken rail, reports Cosmic Thapa

Walthamstow Queens Road Station

Commuters have expressed frustration after the Suffragette Line was suspended today for the second time this week.

The Gospel Oak to Barking Overground route was suspended today between South Tottenham and Barking Riverside between 8.20am and 11.30am while Network Rail fixed a track fault near Wanstead Park Station.

It comes as the line was also suspended at around 9.40am to midday yesterday, while Network Rail investigated reports of broken rail tracks near Crouch Hill. 

According to a spokesperson for Transport for London (TfL), it was confirmed that the rail was not broken and resumed service. 


This story is published by Waltham Forest Echo, Waltham Forest's free monthly newspaper and free news website. We are a not-for-profit publication, published by a small social enterprise. We have no rich backers and rely on the support of our readers. Donate or become a supporter.


A commuter who regularly travels from Wanstead Park to Walthamstow Queens Road said: “It is frustrating to be made late to work two days in a row. I’ve used the line for three months and have faced no major delays, so dealing with the suspensions twice in two days has been irritating.”

An X user (formerly Twitter) also commented: “I need to stop putting my trust in the overground line because it stays betraying me”. 

The TfL spokesperson added: “Customer safety is always our priority and we will not operate services unless it is totally safe to do so. The service has now reopened and there are no planned closures on the route for the rest of the week.”


No news is bad news 

Independent news outlets like ours – reporting for the community without rich backers – are under threat of closure, turning British towns into news deserts. 

The audiences they serve know less, understand less, and can do less. 

In celebration of Indie News Week, Public Interest News Foundation's Indie News Fund will match fund all donations, including new annual supporter subscriptions for the month of June.

If our coverage has helped you understand our community a little bit better, please consider supporting us with a monthly, yearly or one-off donation. 

Choose the news. Don’t lose the news.

Monthly direct debit 

Annual direct debit

£5 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else, £10 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else and a print copy posted to them each month.  £50 annual supporters get a digital copy of each month's paper before anyone else.

Donate now with Pay Pal

More information on supporting us monthly or annually 

More Information about donations