Electric Trains for Barking - Gospel Oak Service

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/1102
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Could the Mayor please explain why it not viable to lease electric trains to fill the gap between the completion of the electrification and platform extension projects in mid 2017 and the arrival in passenger service of the new Class710 electric trains in April 2018?

Class315 electric trains on TfL Rail duties will be replaced by new Crossrail Class345 trains from early 2017 and the Class315 trains are not currently designated for any further use. Could not the lease of ten of these Class315 trains be extended for 10-12 months to enable them to be transferred to the electrified Barkng - Gospel Oak route so enabling the eight 2-car diesel trains on the service to come off lease instead? This will end the appalling overcrowding at a stroke and allow 8 desperately needed modern diesel trains to be transferred to another train operator.

Answer

Answer for Electric Trains for Barking - Gospel Oak Service

Answer for Electric Trains for Barking - Gospel Oak Service

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Class315 trains will not be available from the TfL Rail route until late summer 2017, and the new Class710 trains will start to be introduced on the Gospel Oak to Barking route from December the same year. Transferring Class315s to the Gospel Oak to Barking line would be expected to bring significant costs in terms of the lease extension, driver training and solving the logistical issues of maintaining and stabling the fleet. Given the short period of time the trains would be in service on this route, this would be unlikely to provide value for money.