Relief of overcrowding on the Barking - Gospel Oak Overground service

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3571
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Passengers returning to the reopened service in February 2017 will continue to suffer from grossly overcrowded 2-carriage diesel trains in peak times for a further 15 months.  Can TfL explain why 4-coach electric trains that will start to be made surplus from TfL Rail services by new train deliveries in mid-2017 cannot be redeployed to relieve overcrowding on Barking - Gospel Oak services until their new trains arrive in mid-2018?

Answer

Answer for Relief of overcrowding on the Barking - Gospel Oak Overground service

Answer for Relief of overcrowding on the Barking - Gospel Oak Overground service

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are a number of technical compatibility issues between the door control systems on the older TfL Rail four-car electric trains and those on the new ones. The older trains would need additional platform based systems, which would not be able to run on the Gospel Oak to Barking route even after its electrification.

Given the short period of time these trains would be in service and the high cost of providing the necessary support systems, use of these trains is not appropriate.