Electric Trains for Barking - Gospel Oak Service

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0182
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

It is likely that Network Rail will complete the electrification of the Barking-Gospel Oak Service in early 2017 and yet TfL will not be able to put new electric trains on this route until at least April 2018. Will you support the wishes of my constituents, who will be passengers on this route, and ensure that TfL make plans to lease some electric trains they can deploy on this route so that passengers can benefit from the electrification without a long delay?

Answer

Answer for Electric Trains for Barking - Gospel Oak Service

Answer for Electric Trains for Barking - Gospel Oak Service

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Network Rail has committed to complete the works in June 2017.

Thanks to further TfL investment on both this route and West Anglia there is now a significant train order for the new Class710 electric trains in place, which was placed as early as possible and before the electrification was authorised. These brand new trains are being delivered as quickly as possible and are due to start appearing on the London Overground from early 2018. 

It is not financially viable for TfL to lease other electric trains to cover any gap from the completion of electrification and delivery of the new trains.