Network Rail Route 6 (North London Line and Thameside)

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Strategic Route 6 - North London Line and Thameside was the designation given by Network Rail to a grouping of railway lines in Greater London and the East of England region that encompassed the London, Tilbury and Southend Line and overground commuter lines within London. The route provided key services to Southend and London suburban areas as well as supporting various freight routes within London.[1]

In 2010, Network Rail restructured its route categorisation. Route 6 was split into Strategic Route E: North London Line, and Strategic Route F: Thameside.[2]

Strategic route sections[edit]

The Route was divided into a number of separate Strategic Route Sections (SRS's) that were defined based on route use, infrastructure and historical lines.

Route Strategic Route Sections (SRS) Corresponding historical lines (whole & partial)
Route 6 - North London Line and Thameside 06.01 - NLL: Gospel Oak – Stratford North London Line
06.02 - Fenchurch Street – Shoeburyness London, Tilbury and Southend Line (including the Bow Curve)
06.03 - Forest Gate Jn – Barking Gospel Oak to Barking Line
06.04 - Barking – Pitsea London, Tilbury and Southend Line
06.05 - Gospel Oak – Woodgrange Park Gospel Oak to Barking Line
06.06 - NLL: Willesden Jn– Gospel Oak North London Line
06.07 - NLL: Richmond/Old Kew Jn – Willesden Jn North London Line
06.08 - Other Freight Lines Various freight lines
06.09 - NLL: No1 Lines Freight line
06.10 - Dudding Hill Line Freight line

Railway planning[edit]

As part of Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan a Route Plan for each route, including Route 6, was published annually. The Route 6 plans for 2008[3] and 2009[1] are made available online.

Together with Route 7 - Great Eastern and Route 5 - West Anglia, the London, Tilbury and Southend Line section of the route was included in the Greater Anglia Route Utilisation Strategy. The North London Lines section of the route was included in the Cross London Route Utilisation Strategy.[1]

Proposed developments[edit]

The Greater Anglia RUS includes a number of proposal for the future development of the route. In the medium term, 2009–14, this includes minor infrastructure works and additional rolling stock to allow all main line peak-service trains to be extended to 12-car formation. Also included is the proposal for the extension of platforms on the Tilbury loop and Ockendon branch to handle 12 cars, to allow all main line peak-service trains to be extended to 8 or 12-car formation. In the longer term intentions are to continue the lengthening of peak trains to 12-car formation.[4] Enhancements to the power supply of the route are intended for completion by 2012 to interface with those carried out on Route 5 and Route 7.[5]

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