Rail Services on the Lee Valley Line

Meeting: 
MQT on 2010-10-17
Session date: 
October 17, 2010
Reference: 
2010/3729
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The need for further rail capacity in London is clearly identified in the Mayor's Transport Strategy and one of the highest priorities in the medium term is to increase capacity on the West Anglia Routes (MTS proposal 8).

I am aware that TfL are working with the West Anglia Routes Group, the boroughs and the Department for Transport on a number of initiatives, including the West Anglia Main Line Improvements, the Greater Anglia refranchising and the input to the High Level Output Specification for the next Control Period (2014-2019).

However could the Mayor please: a) Outline his understanding of the implications of the recent Comprehensive Spending Review on the proposed four-tracking of the Lee Valley Line, particularly for the section beyond Tottenham Hale;

b) Indicate whether he feels that there are any realistic short term time-tabling changes that could to introduced to enable a minimum four train per hour service to be provided at key stations, such as Ponders End, Brimsdown and Enfield Lock;

c) Advise whether he believes there to be merit in a phased approach to infrastructure provision and, in particular, whether he would support the development of an intermediate option involving a local third track to by-pass Copper Mill Junction which could allow a four train per hour service between Stratford and Tottenham Hale, as well as other local stations to the north;

d) Confirm that TfL will continue to have the resources to work with the Boroughs and other key stakeholders to ensure that a four train per hour, metro-style service can be delivered for local stations in the Upper Lee Valley?

Answer

Answer for Rail Services on the Lee Valley Line

Answer for Rail Services on the Lee Valley Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

a) My understanding is that the Spending Review (SR) has little or no impact on proposals for four-tracking the Lea Valley line, as this has never been funded or committed through DfT's strategic planning processes for the current planning period. Rather, the challenge is to get enhancements committed by DfT as part of the next five year rail planning period (2014 - 2019). b) TfL understands that a full four trains per hour service at the local stations is not readily possible without at least some adverse impacts on faster non-stopping services unless there is additional infrastructure. However, Network Rail's London & South East Route Utilisation Strategy is currently considering whether there is any scope for minor frequency increases without any additional infrastructure. c) Yes, I agree there is merit in considering a phased approach to infrastructure enhancements as a means to increase frequencies between Stratford, Tottenham Hale, and other local stations in the Upper Lea Valley. d) TfL will continue to support work with the wider rail industry to demonstrate that such rail enhancements in Upper Lea Valley could be cost effective and offer value for money. This will require wide stakeholder support, such as through the West Anglia Routes Group.