Gospel Oak-Barking Line

MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you provide an update on the current situation regarding the introduction of the new Class 710 trains on the Gospel Oak-Barking line which runs through my constituency?


Answer for Gospel Oak-Barking Line
Gospel Oak-Barking Line

Gospel Oak-Barking Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) is sorry for the inconvenience the delay to the introduction of the new Class 710 electric trains is causing its customers. TfL is working 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 its customers.

The delays have been due to the manufacturer, Bombardier Transportation, which has needed to do more work to resolve software issues before the new trains can be introduced. Unfortunately, the continuation of the software issues has meant that Arrive Rail London (ARL) has not been able to progress its driver training schedule as it had planned. ARL is ready to progress driver training as soon as these issues are resolved to allow the earliest possible introduction of the first unit into passenger service.

TfL continues to do everything possible to get the new trains running as soon as it can and, in the meantime, to maintain services for customers on the line. TfL will ensure customers and stakeholders are kept updated.

I am grateful to Bombardier for agreeing to my request to offer a month’s free travel to passengers on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line when the new trains are fully introduced.