Electrification of Barking to Gospel Oak line “could take five years”

PUBLISHED: 11:35 19 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:35 19 July 2013

Campaigners celebrating the announcement that the electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak Overground line have put the stoppers on the champagne after the news it could take up to five years.

Chancellor George Osborne included the project in his spending review, announced last month, after years of campaigning for funding to electrify the only area of the line still dependent on diesel trains.

But when the Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group did some investigating to find out how long it might take, the news took some of the fizz out of the party.

Secretary Glenn Wallis said that at a recent Transport for London meeting it had been stated the work would be carried out “within the next five years”.

He commented: “With peak period trains completely full now, waiting five years for electric trains is not an option. We need work to start next year and be finished by 2016 at the latest.”

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