TfL Overground Services

MQT on 2011-01-26
Session date: 
January 26, 2011
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What progress has TfL made towards its stated goal of achieving parity in levels of service between London Overground and London Underground, specifically in times of daily service first and last trains and service frequencies and is it expected that this goal will be achieved by the time of the Olympic Games in June 2012?


Answer for TfL Overground Services

Answer for TfL Overground Services

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response provided on 4 February 2011:

Since London Overground's inception in 2007, TfL's goal has always been to run a reliable turn up and go service across the network. The ongoing infrastructure improvement works are an Olympic Games' commitment and a testimony of our dedication to deliver our promise to operate a 21st century service from mid 2011.

To run London Overground services efficiently, TfL is constantly monitoring the needs of passengers and balancing them against value for the taxpayers' money. TfL will continue to monitor demand on all services and make changes to the frequency and timetable to meet the changing needs of customers, if the budget is available to do so.

On the Gospel Oak to Barking line TfL now operates 50 per cent more train services (100 per cent on Sundays from May) than when Silverlink Metro operated services on the network. Since TfL took over, the time of the last train from Barking has been extended from 23.08 (23.05 on Sundays) to 23.17 last summer. It is intended to become 23.47 (23.38 on Sundays) from this May's timetable change.

Additionally, from the timetable change in May, the last train from Watford is intended to change from 23.01 (23.21 Sundays) to 23.21 on all nights.

During the Olympic Games, a special timetable will operate across London's transport network. The timetables will take into consideration passenger loading to ensure that adequate capacity is provided for all visitors to and from the Olympic Games venues.

The Olympic Games timetable is due to be finalised mid 2011, a year before the Games.