Assembly asks: Is London Overground the blueprint for rail success?

13 October 2014

This meeting took place on 15 October 2014. Read the transcript here.

The Budget & Performance Committee will tomorrow examine the success of the London Overground rail network, which consistently achieves high ratings for punctuality and customer satisfaction while more than tripling passengers numbers.

In 2006 responsibility for the North London Railway, now renamed London Overground, was devolved from central government to Transport for London (TfL).

Since taking over TfL has developed a new concession model for running the London Overground which gives it greater control that national franchising models.

The Committee will question the following guests about the role of the success of the concession model, plans to improve the current network, and TfL’s longer-term ambitions to improve rail services in London:

Jon Fox, Director of Rail, TfL

Peter Austin, Managing Director, London Overground Rail Operations Ltd.

Janet Cooke, Chief Executive, London TravelWatch

Jonathan Roberts, Managing Director, Jonathan Roberts Consulting

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 15 October from 2.00pm in Committee Room 4 (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors:

Full agenda papers

John Biggs AM, Chair of the Budget & Performance Committee, is available for interview. See contact details below.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.