Rename Hammersmith & City line or support Barking becoming an independent city, says London Assembly member

London Assembly member Andrew Boff

London Assembly member Andrew Boff - Credit: Tom Simpson/Greater London Autho

“There is a whole world beyond Liverpool Street,” says a London Assembly member trying to persuade Sadiq Khan to rename the Hammersmith & City line the Hammersmith & Barking line.

Andrew Boff, a Conservative assembly member who lives in Barking, put his demand to Mr Khan at last week’s mayoral question time - although he has only just responded.

In his question, he said: “Will you either a) rename the Hammersmith & City Line the Hammersmith & Barking Line or b) Support Barking becoming a city?”

He adds: “The future of London can be found in the east and the transport system should recognise that.

“A name change for the Hammersmith & City line would give Barking the recognition that it deserves and prove the mayor is backing the renaissance in the east.


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“I’ve given him two choices, one he can control, one he can’t.”

Mr Khan said: “The Hammersmith & City line is appropriate for the areas that it serves and I see no benefit and only extensive cost in time and finances to rebrand the line.

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“Transport for London would have to update every map and direction sign, as well as all announcements on every affected train and station on the network.”

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