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Campaigners welcome new London suburban rail plans

21 January 2016

Campaign for Better Transport responds to Transport for London’s and the Department for Transport’s proposals for the Mayor and TfL to take responsibility for London’s suburban rail network when existing rail franchises end.

Under the proposals TfL will run services which operate within London’s boundaries, taking on responsibility for Southeastern in 2018, Govia Thameslink, which consists of Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern services in 2021 and South West Trains at a date to be confirmed but which could be 2019.    

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“We welcome the move towards Transport for London taking control of these suburban routes and as our research has shown TfL is well placed to turn around poor performing rail services and improve passenger satisfaction.

"Millions of commuters in south London are regularly enduring a shameful cocktail of delays, disruption, poor performance and overcrowding while at the same time paying some of the most expensive fares in the country. They can now look forward to the same kind of service improvements that people using the London Overground network in other parts of the capital have seen. 

"It's a shame that some of these changes would still be many years off under these proposals, with Govia Thameslink, which has consistently been the worst performing franchise, not coming under TfL’s control until 2021, which will seem like an eternity for commuters as they continue to suffer with often dire services."


For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Read about the Department of Transport’s and Transport for London’s plans for London suburban rail services here - Transport Secretary and Mayor set out vision for rail travel across London and the south east
  2. Read Campaign for Better Transport’s report into lessons for rail policy here - Going Local 
  3. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).

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