Barking – Gospel Oak Line news

Caroline Pigeon at Barking Station

FOCUS understands that the new trains are not now expected to come into service until late next year.

Delays to signalling works to allow a more frequent service mean that the increased passenger service is unlikely to commence before November.

This service has, as predicted, become much busier since coming under the control of Transport for London (TfL). Campaigners are now pressing for all the trains to be upgraded to three coaches without delay.

Liberal Democrat Assembly member and Transport spokesperson, Caroline Pigeon accepted the User Group’s invitation to see for herself the overcrowding that travellers are facing. She is pictured, at Barking Station, with members of the committee.

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Whipps Cross University Hospital

Lib Dem marchers reach Walthamstow Town SquareAfter years of campaigning by Liberal Democrats and other local people against the cutting of services at Whipps Cross Hospital, the Government has now agreed to spend £23 million to redevelop the accident and emergency department.

You may recall that local residents were joined by members of the Liberal Democrats in a protest march to save our local hospital.

The FOCUS Team says: “A big thank you must go to all those people who helped with the campaigns.”