Local London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney questioned the heads of London Rail, Transport for London yesterday about poor local rail services in Enfield and Haringey along the West Anglia route. TfL have asked the Department of Transport to take over this franchise.
Geoff Hobbs, Head of Planning at London Rail, TfL and Howard Smith, CEO at London Rail, TfL attended the London Assembly’s Transport Committee at City Hall. After questioning from local Assembly Member Joanne McCartney they accepted they agreed West Anglia railway route had to be improved especially services to Northumberland Park in Tottenham and Angel Road in Edmonton.
Currently, the DfT has allocated funding to improve the service but there is still a shortfall. TfL were confident this shortfall could be found which would enable stopping services of four trains an hour from 2017.
Mr Hobbs and Mr Smith were also questioned about Crossrail 2 and promised to bolster the case for further investment on the West Anglia line to Stanstead to improve all stopping services along the route.
Local Labour London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney said:
“For too long local residents have had to put up with an appalling service on West Anglia railway route in particular at Northumberland Park in Tottenham and Angel Road in Edmonton. I, along with the local councils and MPs have been raising these issues for many years.
“I am pleased to hear from TfL that they are confident the shortfall in funding to improve the service to local stations will be found very soon. Residents deserve better and in the longer term we need to see investment to ensure a state of the art modern service that meets residents’ demands.”
- Joanne McCartney is the London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey.
- The Transport Committee can be watched here: http://www.london.gov.uk/who-runs-london/the-london-assembly/webcasts