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The consultation was completed in August 2012 and a request was submitted to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) in November 2012 to ratify the closure as a modified proposal, as required by legislation. The description of the network for closure as described in the consultation document was wider than necessary. The stretch of track between Factory Junction and Longhedge Junction will continue to be used by London Overground services to Clapham Junction and therefore will not be affected by this proposal.
The ORR has now completed the ratification process and is content for the closure to go ahead. The ratification notice, dated 9 May 2013, is available to view on the ORR website:
The services will continue to operate for at least 4 weeks after the date of ratification. As noted in the consultation document and DfT’s summary of responses, no network closures are proposed as the sections of track concerned will continue to be used by freight and charter passenger services.
This consultation was made in compliance with the statutory requirements of the Railways Act 2005 and relates to the withdrawal of railway passenger services over sections of the network in south and west London. These passenger services are currently provided by a daily Southern train between Wandsworth Road and Kensington (Olympia); also by a weekly rail replacement bus service between Ealing Broadway and Wandsworth Road.