London Overground services (2)

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


Has train unit availability declined since taking over the West Anglia lines, and if so, why?


Answer for London Overground services (2)

Answer for London Overground services (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Some of the trains which TfL has taken over are not in a good condition and there have been mechanical failures, mainly with the doors, which have caused some trains to run in short formation and some to be cancelled altogether.

TfL inherited a number of trains from Abellio Greater Anglia (AGA) and then leased an additional six trains as insufficient trains were available from AGA; all of these trains are over 30 years old. TfL is now implementing an enhanced programme of urgent maintenance works and further operational measures to improve reliability to the standard that customers rightly expect.

Bombardier Transportation has been awarded the contract to build 31 new trains for the West Anglia and Romford to Upminster routes. These will replace the current Class315 and 317 trains.