Barking to Gospel Oak Line

MQT on 2010-01-27
Session date: 
January 27, 2010
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What estimate have you been made of the cost of electrifying the Barking - Gospel Oak line?


Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has made an outline estimate of the cost of electrifying the Gospel Oak - Barking route. This is currently circa £45 million, which is a high level estimate and includes 40 per cent optimism bias for risk and contingency.

The next stage to progress the scheme would be an engineering study to quantify the costs and risks for the scheme. TfL has offered to contribute 50 per cent of the cost of this study, but to date has not been able to obtain agreement from the DfT to provide a contribution. TfL will continue to work with the DfT to try and agree a way forward.

It is worth noting that TfL's business case analysis indicates that the benefit of electrifying the line would primarily be to freight.