Barking to Gospel Oak line

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you provide me with an update on the discussions TfL have had this year with Network Rail about a) the electrification of the line and the review and whether the programme is included in the Network Rail review; b) the severe overcrowding that is currently taking place and what plans there are to reduce the overcrowding?


Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak line

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

While all Network Rail projects are under review, work has already begun to deliver the Gospel Oak to Barking line electrification works, including vegetation removal and upgrade works to two bridges. Piling work along the route is due to begin this October and will continue through until next spring ahead of the next phase of infrastructure works.

TfL has placed an order for new, four car electric trains, which will double capacity from early 2018 following completion of the electrification project. The platform extensions which will enable this increase will be carried out during the electrification project to minimise both the cost and disruption for passengers.