Overcrowding on the Barking - Gospel Oak Overground (1)

MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group (BGORUG) has received many complaints of significant and at times dangerous overcrowding on this route during peak periods. While I appreciate that in the medium term electrification will provide increased capacity, what do you propose to do immediately to relieve the situation?


Answer for Overcrowding on the Barking - Gospel Oak Overground (1)

Answer for Overcrowding on the Barking - Gospel Oak Overground (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As with all sections of the London Overground network, demand between Barking and Gospel Oak has grown rapidly in recent years. In order to keep up with this, TfL will be doubling capacity by extending trains on this route from two to four cars in 2018 following the electrification of the line. The procurement process for the new trains is already underway.

In advance of the introduction of new trains, additional peak time services have been added where possible. In the new December 2014 timetable, TfL introduced one extra service during the morning peak and three in the evening peak. Unfortunately due to the limited line speeds available with the current infrastructure, and the number of freight trains using the route, there aren't enough available train paths to run more than four trains per hour.

Safety remains TfL's top priority, and London Overground Rail Operations Ltd drivers and platform staff are trained to ensure that crowded situations are properly managed and passenger safety is not compromised at busier times.