Barking to Gospel Oak line (2)

MQT on 2012-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2012
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Due to overcrowding the trains on this line were replaced with new 2-carriage diesel trains. These are now as overcrowded as the previous ones were. What measures do you now propose to relieve the serious peak overcrowding on this London Overground service?


Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak line (2)

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak line (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL introduced the new trains in spring 2010, and doubled the service frequency to 4 trains per hour in May 2011, which together more than doubled capacity. Demand growth has been very strong on this line, reflecting the ongoing success of London Overground and the investment we have made.

TfL has recently introduced an additional train between Woodgrange Park and Upper Holloway in the morning peak, but this is the limit of what extra can be achieved, because of rolling stock and timetabling constraints.

As part of the HLOS process, TfL is proposing lengthening of trains on this line to 4-cars, alongside electrification of the line, which would double the capacity again. My answer to your question MQ 448/2012 on electrification sets out TfL's work to promote this scheme.