Barking to Gospel Oak line (1)

MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Aside from presenting the business case for electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak Line in your Rail Vision, what actual discussions have you or your officers held with the Department for Transport to argue the case? Please list any meetings which have been held with this aim since 2008.


Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak line (1)

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak line (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL officers meet Department for Transport officials extremely regularly, and electrification of the Gospel Oak - Barking line has been discussed many times since 2008, alongside other agenda items.

The outstanding issues with electrification of the line are cost and funding, rather than the socio-economic business case (the 'benefit-cost ratio'). We are awaiting the outcome of a feasibility study undertaken by Network Rail in advance of the DfT's High Level Output Specification expected in July 2012.

TfL is also considering other options to provide more capacity, such as lengthening the existing diesel trains, should electrification not go ahead in the next Control Period (2014 to 2019), or if it happens towards the end of the Control Period.