Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-07-16
Session date: 
July 16, 2008
Reference: 
2008/1541
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

When does TfL plan to introduce electrification on the Barking to Gospel Oak Line?

Answer

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL have been working with Network Rail to build a case for the electrification on the Barking to Gospel Oak line. However, the capital cost is very high, due principally to the numerous bridges and viaducts along the route. Network Rail and TfL have therefore to date been unable to justify the expenditure compared to other projects. The proposal is being kept under review and in the meantime, TfL is working to make the diesel passenger service as good as possible, including the delivery of new trains from 2009.