Barking-to-Gospel Oak line

MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The 14-mile Barking-to-Gospel Oak line has reopened after a nine-month £130million upgrade, but is soon to close again because of a catalogue of errors by Network Rail. Why did this occur; for how long will it close; and what compensation to regular passengers and to the GLA will be made by Network Rail?


Answer for Barking-to-Gospel Oak line

Answer for Barking-to-Gospel Oak line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As Mike Brown, TfL Commissioner, told the London Assembly Transport Committee on Thursday 2 March, TfL has expressed concerns on behalf of its customers at the highest level in Network Rail and has stressed the importance of a robust plan to complete the remaining work.

A comprehensive review into why Network Rail was unable to complete the project within the original timeframe is underway and they will share the outcome as soon as possible. Network Rail has publicly apologised and has stated that an updated programme is imminent. Once that plan has been confirmed, TfL will provide detailed guidance to customers and others who are affected.

TfL is seeking to recover its losses from Network Rail. Funds recovered will be used to provide replacement buses and customer information.