Barking to Gospel Oak line

MQT on 2008-09-10
Session date: 
September 10, 2008
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I was sorry to hear that due to 'diary constraints', you are unable to accompany me on an early morning trip to witness the terrible overcrowding on the Barking to Gospel Oak line. I am disappointed that at no time over the next 4 years you will be able to find the time to experience the awful conditions endured by my constituents each and every working day on what is politely known as the horror express. Is this a move away from your promise to be a Mayor for all Londoners?


Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak line

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

You will appreciate that it is not always possible for me to accept every diary request. However, I acknowledge the severe overcrowding that your constituents experience. As you will be aware TfL only took over control of the line in November and they are committed to increasing capacity. In September 2009 TfL will increase the frequency on the line to 4 trains an hour. The trains on order are currently 2 car, and I have instructed TfL to investigate whether this can be amended to deliver 3 car trains, although funding is not yet available.