Barking-Stratford Service

MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You will be aware that there is a demand for direct rail services between these stations. These do operate in the evenings, and occasionally for trains on diversion. What further thoughts do TfL or City Hall have for facilitating the provision of daytime services?


Answer for Barking-Stratford Service

Answer for Barking-Stratford Service

Answered By: 
The Mayor

At present this route is already heavily used throughout the day by a combination of London Overground, freight and the Abellio Greater Anglia services that run between Liverpool Street and Shenfield. For this reason TfL is currently not considering the provision of additional direct services between Barking and Stratford during the day. The key issue is that the operation of additional services on the route is likely to have an adverse impact on the reliability of the existing services.

Any future services also need to be considered in the light of Crossrail. Part of this route will be used by Crossrail services, providing direct journeys to central London. It is particularly important that the reliability of Crossrail services on this section of the route is maintained so as not to impact on the service further down the line and guarantee the reliability of the wider Crossrail network.

I understand that TfL is meeting with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham on 13 March to further discuss the potential for improved rail links between Barking and Stratford in the future. Currently customers can still readily and quickly travel between Barking and Stratford with one interchange at West Ham.