Four-tracking on West Anglia Main Line

MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I was disappointed that Network Rail did not give greater priority to four-tracking from London Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport/Cambridge. Do you share my disappointment and what action can you take to ensure Network Rail give this scheme higher priority?


Answer for Four-tracking on West Anglia Main Line

Answer for Four-tracking on West Anglia Main Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am also very disappointed that four-tracking the West Anglia Main Line was not recommended in the short to medium term in the Anglia Route Study. This is an essential piece of infrastructure to spur on housing and jobs growth in the Upper Lee Valley, one of the biggest Opportunity Areas in London, and will improve journey times and train frequencies for services from Stansted and Cambridge.

I have done extensive lobbying on this, side by side with other stakeholders such as the boroughs. Among other things, I wrote to Mark Carne, the chief executive of Network Rail in October 2014, to urge him to commit more firmly to four-tracking, and I am meeting him in January 2015 to again make the case. My officers at the GLA and TfL are working closely with the DfT, Network Rail and stakeholders along the route, to build more evidence that will firmly demonstrate just how important this scheme is to growth in London. Funding mechanisms are also being investigated.

TfL will be calling for four-tracking to be a greater priority in its response to the consultation on the Anglia Route Study, and I urge all other stakeholders to likewise respond to the consultation to demonstrate consensus to Network Rail.