Hall Farm Curve

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3428
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

At the 2012 Games and Beyond meeting at the Waltham Forest Assembly Hall on June 9th, you responded to questions about the Hall Farm Curve in a rather surprised way saying: 'Oh there used to be a line there, didn't it?' You also promised the audience that you would take action to look into the feasibility of reinstating this rail link and would call on TfL to produce a 'decent paper' on it. Why did you not to tell my constituents there and then that you had written to the Chief Executive of LB Waltham Forest a month earlier telling him TfL is not in a position to fund this scheme and referring him to Network and the Department for Transport?

Answer

Answer for Hall Farm Curve

Answer for Hall Farm Curve

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am pleased to be able to report that TfL officials have looked into the feasibility of re-opening the Hall Farm Curve. The work found that reinstating the line offers good value for money, with passenger benefits outweighing the costs. However, the line is not part of the London Overground network and so is under direct control of the Government. Due to financial constraints TfL would not be able to fund the scheme. I will ask TfL to make sure it fully considers the case for the Hall Farm Curve when preparing representations to the Department for Transport for future funding. *