Gospel Oak to Barking train line

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-05-17
Session date: 
May 17, 2018
Reference: 
2018/1143
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Please state the precise date that four carriage electric trains will start to operate on the Gospel Oak to Barking train line.

Answer

Answer for Gospel Oak to Barking train line

Answer for Gospel Oak to Barking train line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response for the Mayor

I am very keen to see new London Overground trains in service on the Gospel Oak to Barking line as soon as possible, especially as Londoners have been very patient whilst the electrification works by Network Rail have been taking place.

Network Rail is still finalising the necessary safety testing for the newly-electrified line to allow the new trains to operate. The delivery of the new trains has also been delayed slightly by Bombardier Transport due to the need for further software development.

I have asked Transport for London to continue to work closely with Bombardier Transportation and Network Rail to ensure the new trains are able to enter service later this summer.