Mayor answers to London
Barking to Gospel Oak line
Question by Caroline Pidgeon
In the last Mayors 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.