The London Overground line between Gospel Oak to Barking is now exclusively operated by state-of-the-art electric trains that have increased capacity for passengers, and improved reliability.
These new electric trains can carry almost 700 people and provide passengers with free WiFi, air conditioning, USB charging points and real time information regarding distance expected to destinations.
Disabled accessibility has been tackled on the line too – something that the Department for Transport (DfT) is keen to increase – and crucially in the context of air pollution and toxic air, the new fleet is much better for the environment.
This is because the electric trains have replaced older diesel trains, meaning the line, which is used by 30,000 people each day, provides journeys that are environmentally friendly, with significantly reduced emissions.
Given that the climate emergency needs to be tackled, and the threat pollution causes to the general health of the public, moves like this are key to meeting these challenges head-on.
Capacity has been doubled thanks to these four-car electric trains, and the 15-minute frequency to trains arriving for passengers has been restored.
As a show of appreciation, the Mayor of London has offered free travel for any journey made on the line during the month of September.
Jon Fox, Director of Rail at Transport for London, said: “We’re pleased that all of the new electric trains are now in service on the Gospel Oak to Barking line and are delivering the greater capacity and more pleasant journeys customers have been waiting for.
“We know this has been a long wait for those who regularly use the line. This is why the Mayor has secured funding from the manufacturer to give Gospel Oak to Barking customers a month of free travel in September, as a thank you for their patience.”
The Mayor and TfL have worked with Bombardier to make this free travel happen.