Enfield MPs Nick de Bois and David Burrowes lead Parliament debate about the failings of First Capital Connect's train service

Enfield MPs Nick de Bois and David Burrowes led a debate in parliament about the train service which runs through the borough.

Both Mr de Bois, MP for Enfield North and Mr Burrowes, MP for Enfield Southgate, have voiced commuters' concerns about frequent disruption to the First Capital Connect service that passes through Enfield on its way into London.

The company has said it will be looking into the situation to improve conditions on the line.

However, both MPs have now debate in Parliament about the issues, along with other MPs with constituencies along the route.

Mr de Bois said: “MPs representing constituents along the whole of the Hertford Loop joined me for this debate to press First Capital Connect and Network Rail to urgently deal with the appalling delays and cancellations passengers have faced in the past few months.

“Clearly long-term work that will bring improvements is under way, but there are steps that can be taken now to help ease the delays. FCC has been left in no doubt about what to do and we have full ministerial support for them to act swiftly.”

Mr Burrows said: “For too long my constituents have had to put up with sub-standard services and this must stop. As a London commuter I appreciate the frustrations and problems that unexplained cancellations, service alterations and delays can cause to those who work and travel daily into London.

“First Capital Connect can no longer ignore this issue, as this debate has helped put my constituents’ concerns on record here in Parliament.”

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11:29am Thu 30 Jan 14

ponderman says...

What about the line from Ponders End to London and the line from Edmonton Green to London, both have bad service, dirty clapped out trains and threatening stations, something needs to be done about it but I suppose that no politicians live in Ponders End or Edmonton Green.
What about the line from Ponders End to London and the line from Edmonton Green to London, both have bad service, dirty clapped out trains and threatening stations, something needs to be done about it but I suppose that no politicians live in Ponders End or Edmonton Green. ponderman
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4:34pm Thu 30 Jan 14

dons24pelliparclose says...

ponderman wrote:
What about the line from Ponders End to London and the line from Edmonton Green to London, both have bad service, dirty clapped out trains and threatening stations, something needs to be done about it but I suppose that no politicians live in Ponders End or Edmonton Green.
Perhaps Ponderman should read the replies I made to his previous comments. The Lea Valley Line will be retained by Abellio when TfL takes charge of the trains to Cheshunt via Edmonton Green and Enfield Town in 2015. The Enfield Commuter Club meets quarterly with Abellio West Anglia to discuss quality issues on these services. The Route Utilisation Study, RUS :....The recommendation in the RUS is for implementation of a four trains per hour Lea Valley to Stratford service. This is potentially deliverable in Network Rail’s Control Period 5 ,CP5,, based upon a
limited infrastructure scheme to facilitate turnbacks at Brimsdown. However, with that infrastructure alone some outputs (such as calling patterns) may not be ideal, so further development is required."

Part of this work is the ongoing track alterations to serve a new Angel Road, renamed, station and the Meridian Water development. Overall three tracking will necessitate closing Ordnance Road level crossing and re-routing the existing 121 bus route
[quote][p][bold]ponderman[/bold] wrote: What about the line from Ponders End to London and the line from Edmonton Green to London, both have bad service, dirty clapped out trains and threatening stations, something needs to be done about it but I suppose that no politicians live in Ponders End or Edmonton Green.[/p][/quote]Perhaps Ponderman should read the replies I made to his previous comments. The Lea Valley Line will be retained by Abellio when TfL takes charge of the trains to Cheshunt via Edmonton Green and Enfield Town in 2015. The Enfield Commuter Club meets quarterly with Abellio West Anglia to discuss quality issues on these services. The Route Utilisation Study, RUS :....The recommendation in the RUS is for implementation of a four trains per hour Lea Valley to Stratford service. This is potentially deliverable in Network Rail’s Control Period 5 ,CP5,, based upon a limited infrastructure scheme to facilitate turnbacks at Brimsdown. However, with that infrastructure alone some outputs (such as calling patterns) may not be ideal, so further development is required." Part of this work is the ongoing track alterations to serve a new Angel Road, renamed, station and the Meridian Water development. Overall three tracking will necessitate closing Ordnance Road level crossing and re-routing the existing 121 bus route dons24pelliparclose
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4:43pm Thu 30 Jan 14

dons24pelliparclose says...

The discussions led by Charles Walker MP as well as David Barrowes MP and Nick deBois MP took place in Westminster Hall in the afternoon session on 28th January. Read the contributions in Hansard column 225WH.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport ,Mr Robert Goodwill, responded
The discussions led by Charles Walker MP as well as David Barrowes MP and Nick deBois MP took place in Westminster Hall in the afternoon session on 28th January. Read the contributions in Hansard column 225WH. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport ,Mr Robert Goodwill, responded dons24pelliparclose
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10:16pm Thu 30 Jan 14

ponderman says...

Are the Edmonton Green and Enfield Town services to get Class 378 like the other overground TFL routes so that the Class 315 can be sent to the knackers yard?
Are the Edmonton Green and Enfield Town services to get Class 378 like the other overground TFL routes so that the Class 315 can be sent to the knackers yard? ponderman
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3:31pm Fri 31 Jan 14

dat_guy says...

When Tfl take over the Enfield Town and Edmonton green they will order new trains, 387 trains I think, not 378s.
When Tfl take over the Enfield Town and Edmonton green they will order new trains, 387 trains I think, not 378s. dat_guy
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