Barking to Gospel Oak Line

MQT on 2018-07-19
Session date: 
July 19, 2018
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In May, Transport for London promised users of the Barking to Gospel Oak line that there would be 5 extra peak time trains until the longer electric trains were introduced later in the summer. Now that extra service has been withdrawn; and the electric trains introduction has slipped to November: what has been going on? And is this acceptable?


Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Answer for Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Additional trains have been temporarily operating on the Gospel Oak to Barking route to manage congestion during the busiest times and ahead of new, longer Class710 trains being introduced in November. 

Typically, Transport for London sees a drop-in demand during the summer months, but will continue to operate these services as often as it can. 

As is standard practice with the introduction of any new trains, thorough testing, assurance, approvals and driver training must be carried out before the train can enter passenger service. The train manufacturer has also needed to do some further software development and testing on these high-tech trains, which has delayed their introduction to November.

The new Class710 trains will carry almost 700 people per train and feature a high capacity walk-through layout, doubling the capacity of the current diesel trains.