Barking-Gospel Oak Line

MQT on 2017-02-20
Session date: 
February 20, 2017
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


To reduce diesel pollution in London will you instruct TfL to transfer surplus electric trains from its Shenfield service to the Barking-Gospel Oak line when they become available this summer, instead of its current plan to continue running it with diesel trains untilĀ 2018?


Answer for Barking-Gospel Oak Line

Answer for Barking-Gospel Oak Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL Rail needs to fully test and ensure that the new trains on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line are operating reliably before they can release the existing trains. The earliest possible date for this release would be December.

Additionally, there would be a considerable cost to make these trains compatible with the equipment on the Barking to Gospel Oak line as well as to train drivers to operate these trains. In light of the short period of time between the old TfL Rail trains becoming available and the introduction of new electric trains on the Barking to Gospel Oak line, this action would not represent good value for money.

I was dismayed to learn that Network Rail (needs to carry out further work and related closures along this line this year. Network Rail is developing a plan to complete this work with as minimal impact on customers as possible before the new electric Overground trains arrive in early 2018. As a result, it is not clear when in 2017 the electrification of the line will be complete, but I will continue to push for this to be clarified as soon as possible.