North London Line service on Sundays

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered at on 10 January 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

Constituents have raised concerns with me about North London Line service starting at 9:30 on a Sunday morning. This gap in service severely affects people working shifts who need an early morning service, and forces them into cars or to take much longer journeys via zone 1 which are slower and more expensive than using the North London Line. What possibilities are there to address this issue, which makes using public transport far too difficult?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

London Overground operates an eight train per hour service on the North London line at weekends, with the first timetable services starting at 09:00 from Stratford and from Clapham Junction. Transport for London (TfL) is aware of this late start and recognises that it differs from other services. Network Rail, the line’s maintainer, is unable to access the line for routine maintenance overnight as on other lines, due to freight access. They have stated that an earlier start time on Sundays would necessitate closures at other times to accommodate this access. However, TfL will discuss this matter again with Network Rail.