National Rail Improvements

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


What National Rail Improvements have you secured during your Mayoralty? .


Answer for National Rail Improvements

Answer for National Rail Improvements

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

There have been many improvements to National Rail services and stations. In terms of service provision for Londoners, the Overground Network (ON) was launched in September last year. It is a fundamental element of TfL London Rail policy to provide a "turn up and go" service on all routes. The pilot schemes were introduced in South London, during the off peak period, between Waterloo and Teddington, Victoria and Croydon and between London Bridge and Dartford. On this last route, the concept was extended into the evening period. On the Barking/Gospel Oak route, a later "last" train has been introduced on Monday to Saturdays and a full Sunday service has been introduced, from this month. Further ON routes will be introduced, in December this year, between Waterloo and Hounslow, Sutton and West Croydon, London Bridge and East Croydon and a further route between London Bridge and Dartford. TfL London Rail are funding improvements to the security of Londoners by the installation of CCTV on the North London Line/Watford DC Line and, commencing later this year, on all suburban rolling stock on South West Trains (SWT). Other initiatives include improvements to passenger facilities on stations on SWT, South Central and North London Line, with particular attention being given to the security of passengers. Finally, TfL London Rail funded free services to a wide range of destinations on New Year's Eve, throughout the night to ease the journey home for those celebrating the New Year in London. Initial passenger statistics indicate a healthy usage of these trains to all stations in London. .