MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor make a statement on the recent rail chaos, with particular reference to the disruption caused to passengers in Outer London Boroughs? What representations has the Mayor made to rail operators in relation to passenger compensation and pre-Christmas timetables, particularly as the District Line is about to run a substantially reduced service for a period of several months? .


Answer for Railways

Answer for Railways

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am well aware of the considerable disruption to passengers throughout London, and not just to those in outer London, caused by the speed restrictions and remedial works on the National Rail network. It is of great concern to me that it has taken the disaster at Hatfield to stimulate Railtrack into undertaking these essential safety works.

I am not in charge of compensation to passengers on the National Rail Network. I see that a number of the Train Operating Companies have announced their proposals.

I am aware that London Underground are proposing to close the District line between Earls Court and High Street Kensington between February and May next year to carry out works in the Earls Court area. I have asked TfL to liase with London Underground to ensure that services to areas such as Wimbledon and Richmond which provide alternative routes for South West Train passengers in the event of disruption, are not unduly affected.