Mill Hill East tube line [2]

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3277
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Could TfL consider extending the double track on the Mill Hill East line up to or near the viaduct?  This would involve a smoother and quicker service with the potential for trains arriving/departing to/from Mill Hill East at 5 minute intervals rather than every 12 minutes. This would not involve double tracking the viaduct but would allow for faster scheduling, as the passenger volumes are rapidly increasing and in the morning peak trains are full (no available seats) on leaving Mill Hill East.

Answer

Answer for Mill Hill East tube line [2]

Answer for Mill Hill East tube line [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) has looked at this option but the cost of a double track in this area, including the associated re-signalling, power enhancements and second station platform, would be prohibitively expensive. In addition, to increase the frequency, TfL would need to purchase additional trains.

TfL does regularly review the Northern line timetable to make sure that services benefit the greatest number of customers. Trains to and from Mill Hill East Tube station currently run around every 12 minutes during peak times, which meets the current demand at the station and forecast future demand.

I understand that TfL updated you last month about improvements to the 382 bus which serves Mill Hill East and Finchley Central Tube stations. These improvements will allow Mill Hill East customers to make additional connections between Mill Hill East and Finchley Central.