Suburban Rail

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Geoff Pope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


What are your long-term aspirations for expanding the capacity of South London's suburban rail network should the Mayor in due course be given responsibility for it in the way that has been done for the North London Railway and the East London Line extensions?


Answer for Suburban Rail

Answer for Suburban Rail

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

TfL believes that there is a strong case for progressive enhancement to London Overground through the transfer of other services, particularly orbital routes that would provide a good fit with the new London Overground concession (both in terms of journey opportunities and improved accessibility).

TfL has been undertaking a preliminary review of potential south London routes that could sensibly be added to the London Overground network with the appropriate funding stream, and will be discussing these with the DfT.

There are other ways of improving capacity on the rail network without the need to transfer routes to TfL's control and TfL will continue to work with rail industry partners to explore ways of doing so through long-term investment plans and the DfT's High Level Output Specification.

There is more detail on our wider plans contained with Transport 2025, launched on 28 November.