Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-05-21
Session date: 
May 21, 2008
Reference: 
2008/0956
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A large number of my constituents in Leyton and Wanstead are sick and tired of the appalling overcrowding on the Barking to Gospel Oak Line. Does the Mayor agree that the Barking to Gospel Oak Line has for many years been the neglected poor relation, and that even though trains now run every 20 minutes in peak hours, the numbers of passengers has far outpaced the current capacity? Will he support my call for an immediate review/feasibility of putting additional carriages on this service?

Answer

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL are aware of the overcrowding on the Barking to Gospel Oak Line and is working with the local user groups and Network Rail to identify solutions, including possibly adding an extra train in the morning peak. We are unable to lengthen trains in the immediate term because some of the station platforms are too short. However works are planned to remedy this so that three car trains can operate on this line from 2010 instead of the 2 cars at present. TfL are also in discussion with Network Rail to serve additional train paths and hence increase the frequency of services in the peak.