Maintaining the Barking - Gospel Oak rail service (5)

MQT on 2018-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2018
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given that the Bombardier Class 710 trains will not be available for public service for several months, what efforts are TfL making to source additional rolling stock (spare or off-lease) to secure the continued operation of the Barking - Gospel Oak rail service as the withdrawal of the six remaining Class 172 diesel trains commences in January?


Answer for Maintaining the Barking - Gospel Oak rail service (5)
Maintaining the Barking - Gospel Oak rail service (5)

Maintaining the Barking - Gospel Oak rail service (5)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

To ensure continuity of service while it continues to wait for the new trains to arrive, TfL has decided to modify three of its existing electric trains, which are used as spare trains elsewhere on the Overground network, for temporary use on this line. The first of these modified trains entered service on this line on 28 January.

These modified electric trains have four walk-through carriages - offering around double the capacity of the diesel trains. In the same way as they have been doing for the current diesel trains, Bombardier will deliver an enhanced maintenance programme for the modified electric trains to ensure maximum reliability in this interim period.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to utilise other rolling stock for use on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line as it would require extensive modification and driver training before it could run on this line.

TfL is continuing to press the manufacturer, Bombardier Transportation, to do all they can to bring the new trains into service as soon as possible.