Overcrowding on the Barking - Gospel Oak Overground (4)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0433
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Has TfL considered using 2 or 3 Vivarail City-rail D-Trains to increase passenger capacity on the Barking - Gospel Oak line pending the arrival of new electric trains?

Answer

Answer for Overcrowding on the Barking - Gospel Oak Overground (4)

Answer for Overcrowding on the Barking - Gospel Oak Overground (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Unfortunately, increasing capacity on the Gospel Oak to Barking line is not simply a case of procuring more rolling stock as number of infrastructure constraints exist on the route.

The limited number of train paths available, which is determined by the Office of Rail Regulation and Network Rail, mean that London Overground are running as many trains per hour at peak as is currently possible. An alternative option of increasing capacity by running longer trains would mean that platforms need to be extended. Given the extensive work this involves, it is not feasible to extend all the necessary platforms and lease additional units prior to electrification work beginning next year. However, I can confirm that longer, 4 car trains and platform lengtheningĀ  are planned as part of the electrification programme.