Barking to Gospel Oak line

MQT on 2007-07-18
Session date: 
July 18, 2007
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is your timetable for switching the diesel trains on the Gospel Oak to Barking line to electric?


Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak line

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are no plans at present to change from diesel to electric trains on this line as the decision on electrification of the route lies with Network Rail.

However, the new Concessionaire for the Overground services, MTR Laing, has announced that it intends to introduce brand new diesel trains on this line which will improve the quality of service offered to passengers in line with my expectations of delivering a better rail service to Londoners. Furthermore, the new trains ' despite being diesel-powered ' will comply with new European regulations and will be more efficient than the existing ones.