Barking - Gospel Oak Railway Peak Overcrowding

MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you ask TfL to investigate with Network Rail and the Office of Rail & Road the possibility of obtaining additional paths during the peak hours to run more diesel "PIXC-buster" trains until such time as electric trains are available to take over? There is currently no freight traffic over the line during the peak hours so any paths held by freight operators are not being used.


Answer for Barking - Gospel Oak Railway Peak Overcrowding

Answer for Barking - Gospel Oak Railway Peak Overcrowding

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has had extensive discussions with Network Rail regarding the availability of train paths on the Gospel Oak to Barking line, and will continue to do so. As a direct result of these discussions, TfL was able to introduce four additional peak time trains on this route in the December 2014 timetable.

While these discussions will continue, in accordance with the Network Code, freight paths can only be made available to passenger services with the agreement of the relevant Freight Operating Companies, who currently make use of these paths, albeit infrequently.