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London urgently needs better commuter rail services

The government has backed plans for Transport for London (TfL) and the mayor of London to take over operational control of the city’s suburban commuter services from rail companies such as Southern and Southeastern.

Inner suburban rail services from London Bridge, Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Moorgate, Victoria, and Waterloo stations will be taken over by TfL when the franchises are renewed.

Richard Dilks, transport director at London First, said:

“Some parts of London urgently need better commuter rail services.
 
“The London Overground example has shown what can be done to ramp up frequency and reliability.
 
“This plan to extend those principles more widely is exactly what the capital needs.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

“We are working closely with TfL to agree the best way of delivering integrated, seamless journeys for passengers both inside and outside of London, and as we continue these discussions, we want to hear people’s views.”

The new agreement includes:

  • introducing more frequent services, more reliable trains, better interchanges and increased capacity,
  • the creation of a London Suburban Metro service with the potential for more than 80 per cent of stations to have a train every 15 minutes, up from 67 per cent today, as well as the potential for more regular services via Clapham Junction, South East London and Kent.

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