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Perry confirms Barking to Gospel Oak electrification timeline

Rail minister Claire Perry MP has confirmed that enabling works start in October on the £115m Gospel Oak to Barking electrification programme. 

Responding to a Parliamentary question on the start date and cost from Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, Perry added that the DfT and TfL have allocated £90m and £25m respectively towards the electrification of the line (2013 prices). 

Corbyn was also told that “major on-site works” are due to commence in June 2016, with passenger services on the route due to be available for use by passenger operators by June 2017. 

GRIP 3 (option selection) was completed in March this year, work having begun on it in 2013, according to TfL Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy. 

Glenn Wallis, secretary of BGORUG, said: “Our expert rail industry advisers tell us that for Network Rail to have taken three years to complete GRIP 3 indicates that they have not exactly been throwing resources at the job. The likelihood of Network Rail completing electrification of the line by mid-2017 is now said to be improbable.” 


Nonsuchmike   05/06/2015 at 12:39

With snailspeed like that for the GRIP3, it doesn't augur well for the work to be completed as prescribed. In fact, users will be lucky to find the complete works with signalling being completed within the CP5 finishing in 2019. This means that benefits for users whether commuters or through passengers will be continually delayed. What price a decent "linkage" between OOC and Barking/Ebbsfleet any decade now? Makes the case for a subterranean London Terminus/Exchange somewhere between Euston and St Pancras/Kings X for HS2 to link up with HS1 before Stratford even stronger.

Andrew Gwilt   05/06/2015 at 19:03

Electrification on the Gospel Oak-Barking line could bring better services with 8x Class 378's being used and to operate the Barking-Richmond (3tph) and Barking-Clapham Junction (2tph) services once the electrification is completed with freight links also to be electrified for Electric Freights and South Tottenham station to be extended for the 4-car Class 378 London Overground EMU's and also the extension to Barking Riverside would also bring new jobs to the eastern side of the Docklands with a new station called Beam Park as c2c (National Express Essex Thamesway franchise) would manage the new station in East London once the new station is being built.

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