Gospel Oak to Barking Line

MQT on 2018-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2018
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


My understanding is that the earliest driver training could start for this line is in mid-January. Due to further faults causing several pauses in testing, mileage accumulation has only just started again on new trains and it will be probably be the new year before the first units could be delivered to Transport for London (TfL) for operation, as per the contract to Arriva Rail London.


As the best agreement TfL could strike with West Midlands Trains is the phased return of the six remaining diesel trains between January and March, there will still be a gap before the electric trains can take over the Gospel oak to Barking Line service, requiring bus substitution. At the moment, it seems that the earliest the electric trains could take over the service is mid March. Is this correct, and if so is it an acceptable outcome to you?


Answer for Gospel Oak to Barking Line
Gospel Oak to Barking Line

Gospel Oak to Barking Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I completely agree that passengers on the route have had to endure a poor service for far too long, and I share their frustration at the ongoing delays to the new trains. On behalf of Londoners, I have personally spoken to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier to ensure all possible effort is being made to fix the problems.

Transport for London (TfL) is working very hard with all parties to bring the new trains into passenger service as soon as possible and to avoid any further disruption in services to customers. However, it is reliant on the train manufacturer, Bombardier Transportation, fixing the software issues and getting the necessary regulatory approvals to operate the new trains.

TfL has introduced a contingency measure which has seen electric services begin on the line using modified, existing rolling stock.