Four-tracking on West Anglia Main Line

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0968
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Further to MQ 2014/5555, can you provide an update on the conversations you have had with Network Rail in January 2015 on prioritising four-tracking on the West Anglia Main Line?

Answer

Answer for Four-tracking on West Anglia Main Line

Answer for Four-tracking on West Anglia Main Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

On 20th February 2015, the Chancellor and I announced the formation of a West Anglia Task Force to look at improving connections to Stansted and Cambridge from Liverpool Street and Stratford. The case for investment in four-tracking the West Anglia Main Line is strong and of national importance, not least as an essential early stage of Crossrail 2. Findings from the task force are expected to inform Network Rail's Initial Industry Plan.

In collaboration with Network Rail, TfL is currently undertaking a high-level business case and technical review of potential interventions, including four-tracking, that could improve frequencies, reliability and journey times to unlock housing, jobs and economic growth along the West Anglia Main Line. This work will be provided to Network Rail to inform the final Anglia Route Study due to be published this summer. It will also form important evidence for the West Anglia Task Force.

TfL and the GLA continue to work closely with Network Rail on development of the STAR scheme, which was secured with funding from the London Enterprise Panel. The scheme is the first step towards four-tracking the West Anglia Main Line and will introduce a third track between Stratford, Tottenham Hale and Angel Road to allow the operation of a regular 4 trains per hour service. It will unlock up to 9,000 new homes and 6,000 new jobs and is on track to be delivered in spring 2018.