Barking-Gospel Oak Line #2

MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Transport for London has now signed the contract with Bombardier for 57 new vehicles to lengthen the existing electric train fleet from 4-car to 5-car trains. What provision is TfL making for obtaining additional electric trains:

• To cope with further increased demand on the existing electrified Overground network? • To operate the Barking - Gospel Oak route should electrification proceed?


Answer for Barking-Gospel Oak Line #2

Answer for Barking-Gospel Oak Line #2

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The programme to add a fifth car to trains across most of the Overground network will provide a very significant 25 per cent increase in capacity and TfL expects this to accommodate rising demand in the medium term.

With the Gospel Oak - Barking line, clearly TfL's preference is to procure longer, electric trains, but this requires a positive announcement on electrification - for which I continue to lobby hard.