Relief of overcrowding on the Barking - Gospel Oak Overground service (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4100
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Further to your answer to Question 2016/3571, a constituent has asked that as Class315 trains serve many station platforms on TfL Rail and Overground services that have no platform equipment and no train dispatch staff why is it that they cannot operate between Barking and Gospel Oak with a platform train dispatcher provided where the driver does not have a clear view down the length of a 4-carriage train?

Answer

Answer for Relief of overcrowding on the Barking - Gospel Oak Overground service (1)

Answer for Relief of overcrowding on the Barking - Gospel Oak Overground service (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I set out in my response to MQ 2016/3571 the reasons why Class 315 trains are not suitable to run on the Gospel Oak to Barking line. I asked TfL to look at your suggestion and it has confirmed the operational procedure you propose would not be appropriate.

 

Your constituent’s proposal to overcome the incompatibility of these trains with platform equipment on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line – for drivers to physically look back to observe the closure of the doors at some stations – is an old operational procedure that is being phased out. TfL would not, therefore, allow this procedure to be newly introduced at stations where it does not currently happen.