Barking to Gospel Oak Line

MQT on 2010-12-15
Session date: 
December 15, 2010
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many meetings and with whom have you, or your advisers, the Deputy Chair of the TfL Board, the Transport Commissioner, or other TfL officers had with Government officials since the last General Election to discuss the electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak railway line?


Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking line was recommended as a 'core scheme' in the electrification section of Network Rail's Network Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS), referred to as the Electrification RUS, so the need for the scheme is fully recognised. It does not have funding under the current rail industry High Level Output Specification (HLOS) for 2009 to 2014. The government will announce the funding and specification for the next HLOS (2014 to 2019, referred to as HLOS2) in the summer of 2012. This is the route by which the scheme could be implemented, if that is to be the case.

TfL will make recommendations to the Department for Transport for HLOS2, and Gospel Oak to Barking electrification will be one of the recommended schemes. TfL, and other industry players, regularly raise the scheme at rail industry planning meetings, at which DfT representatives are present. Most recently, TfL has ensured that the scheme has been recommended within the influential draft London & South East RUS.

TfL expects to have discussions with government officials on all our HLOS2 recommendations in due course.