New trains for Barking TfL route

Four bidders are currently shortlisted to become the new London Overground operator from November 20

Four bidders are currently shortlisted to become the new London Overground operator from November 2016 - Credit: Archant

New airconditioned trains will run on the London Overground line to Barking from 2018.

TfL has granted a £260m contract to transform the Gospel Oak route among others.

The new trains will have similar features to the fleet that currently serves other parts of the network including walk-through carriages and improved accessibility.

They will replace the existing trains which are more than 30 years old. TfL say the current condition of the fleet is in such a poor condition that it is causing delays.

TfL has also pledged to invest an additional £2m to modify trains to make them more reliable ahead of the arrival of the new fleet, which will be built in Derby.


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Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “This brand new fleet of trains will enable London Overground to carry a growing number of passagers more reliably and speedily than ever.”

Trains on TfL’s Liverpool Street to Enfield Town, Cheshunt and Chingford routes are also set be replaced.

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