Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-09-10
Session date: 
September 10, 2008
Reference: 
2008/1920
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

When will the much needed 3-car trains be ordered for the Barking to Gospel Oak Line? Why have only 2-car trains been ordered when works are planned to lengthen the sole platform that is currently too short to enable 3-car operation? As part of the North London Railway, this line is TfL's first and flagship management of an overground line. Ordering 2-car trains when works are planned to enable 3-car operation seems at best confused, at worst wasteful if new 3-car trains then have to be ordered shortly afterwards. Can the 2-car order for 2009 please be amended to 3-car to deliver a scheme that meets demand, utilises the lengthened platform, and proudly wears TfL's London Overground brand?

Answer

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The new trains for the Gospel Oak to Barking line are being ordered by LOROL the train operator as part of the concession agreement. TfL is currently in discussion with LOROL to discuss the options for 3 car on the line. This would require some infrastructure work including lengthening of platforms and relocating signalling and communication equipment which we are investigating. We will be doubling the number of trains per hour on this line from September 2009 to relieve current overcrowding issues.