Euston London Overground service (3)

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are the power supplies on the Euston-to-Watford Junction line sufficient for the promised new LO trains? Does that include both five-car trains, and increasing the service frequency to four trains per hour?

Why does your initial new train order not provide both of those upgrades from the start? Which upgrade has the higher priority? Will the new trains provide some transverse seating, and dedicated separate cycle storage?


Answer for Euston London Overground service (3)

Answer for Euston London Overground service (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Watford to Euston line requires a power upgrade to extend the existing trains to five cars. Network Rail will undertake this upgrade by the end of the year and TfL has funded part of this. In the meantime, TfL is working with Bombardier, which manufactures the trains, to see if they can be introduced earlier by temporarily limiting the power they draw. This proposal is also currently being considered by Network Rail to ensure such a proposition is feasible and would not damage the current power supply system.


In the longer term, when the power upgrade is complete, the plan is to increase the frequency on the Euston to Watford line to a four trains per hour service using the brand new four car trains that have just been ordered. This will provide a net increase in capacity of 16 cars per hour (instead of 15) as well as reduced waiting times. This capacity increase is in line with demand, however, the contract for new trains includes an option to extend to five cars, should future demand warrant it.


The new trains on this line are planned to have the same seating layout as the current trains, including wheelchair spaces and multi-use areas which can be used by cycles.