Mayor answers to London

Barking to Gospel Oak line

Question number1158/2012
Meeting date23/05/2012

Question by Caroline Pidgeon

In the last Mayor’s Question Time you stated that the socio-economic business case for the electrification of this line has been made. Will you share the cost-benefit ratio that your team has produced to support the electrification?

Answer by Boris Johnson

Written response received 29 June 2012

The economic appraisal of Gospel Oak to Barking electrification has been undertaken by Network Rail. The “Network Route Utilisation Strategy, Electrification” published by Network Rail in October 2009 showed a benefit:cost ratio for the scheme of 2.4:1, which is high value for money under DfT appraisal rules.

Funding for the electrification is a matter for the DfT but I have lobbied, and will continue to actively lobby for this.

Main question

Caroline Pidgeon