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GOBLIN commuters get a boost
Thursday, 09 May 2013
HELP is on the way for the borough's crushed commuters who have received a boost to their campaign to electrify the Barking to Gospel Oak line – to give them bigger and better trains.
Four local Labour London Assembly members have written to Chancellor George Osborne asking for the cash to improve the line.
Local campaigners Barking Gospel Oak Rail Users Group have been complaining about overcrowding on the old fashioned diesel trains which run on the line.
The assembly members have told the Chancellor the Treasury needs to put up the money as soon as possible to ensure that electrification can be introduced before Crossrail opens in 2018, and point out Transport for London has offered to contribute £25m towards the £90m cost of the scheme.
London Assembly Member for North East Jennette Arnold said: “The current lack of funding to this line prevents TfL from introducing longer trains on this route and the result is that passengers are horribly overcrowded. Demand is outstripping capacity and proper investment could help alleviate this.”
The letter to George Osborne was signed by Jennette Arnold, John Biggs, City and East, Andrew Dismore, Barnet and Camden and Joanne McCartney, Enfield and Haringey.
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