MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Thank you for your answer to 3118/2009. However, whilst I understand the need for the upgrade work on both the District Line and the mainline rail line between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, replacement bus services are not a satisfactory alternative. When it takes one of my constituents longer to travel from Upminster to Euston than from Euston to Manchester then there is clearly an issue that needs to be addressed. How much longer will this situation continue?


Answer for Closures

Answer for Closures

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Alternative transport arrangements during line closures are carefully planned by TfL to provide the most effective service possible. On the District line, in particular, London Underground has provided a combination of fast and stopping replacement bus services to speed journeys.

The District line is in the midst of a comprehensive programme of track and ballast renewal. This is vital to ensure the continued safe and reliable operation of the line. Work is also being carried out to prepare the track for changes associated with the Crossrail project.

Currently, approximately 60% of this work programme on the District line east of Whitechapel has been completed. Closures are planned up to six months in advance, and between now and May 2010 the number of closures expected on particular sections of line east of Whitechapel is approximately one every three to four weeks. Beyond May 2010 there will be a requirement for further closures to complete this work, and more details of these will become available in due course.

Of course, as with the rest of the Tube network, there will also be an ongoing requirement for periodic weekend closures for other essential maintenance. In the longer term the signalling upgrade on the District line, to provide more frequent and reliable services, and the reconstruction of Whitechapel station for Crossrail, are also likely to require a programme of closures.