Barking-Gospel Oak

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can the Mayor outline what personal interventions he has made to ensure that electrification of this vital route is brought forward sooner rather than later?


Answer for Barking-Gospel Oak

Answer for Barking-Gospel Oak

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have been arguing for substantial improvements to be made to the Gospel Oak to Barking line for some time. TfL has committed £25m to the electrification scheme and my officers and I are taking the case directly to the Department for Transport and HM Treasury at every available opportunity. I wrote to the Chancellor prior to the budget and discussed the matter personally with the Secretary of State, most recently last month. Any further support from Members of the Assembly and indeed other interested stakeholders in making case would of course be welcome.