Over the Easter weekend, Network Rail took advantage of the reduced traffic on the Midland main line to lift and move some of the track between West Hampstead and Mill Hill Broadway in preparation for the new Brent Cross West station.
This work to improve the track layout, as well as vital changes to the signalling, will continue over the two May Bank Holidays. It will allow one of the stations new platforms to be built between Hendon and Cricklewood, to connect with the rest of the line.
The £40 million Brent Cross West station is a key part of Barnet Council’s Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme, which will also include a new town centre, new homes and commercial, retail and leisure space.
Gary Walsh, route director for Network Rail’s East Midlands Route, said: “We made major progress on work to lift and move the redesigned track over Easter, which will eventually connect passengers at the new Brent Cross West station along the Midland main line.
“We’ve carefully planned the project to minimise disruption to services as much as possible, but these key parts of the work can only be done safely when there are no trains in the area.
“We want to thank people for their patience whilst these vital upgrades are carried out.”
Jenny Saunders, customer services director for Thameslink, said: “Brent Cross West will be a vital addition to the Thameslink network for the area’s fast-growing population and the expanding shopping centre.
“If you do need to travel during either May Bank Holiday weekend, thank you for your patience while this work is under way. Please check a journey planner for the replacement bus options and allow extra time.”