London Regional Rail Authority

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Although TfL London Rail published a document during the previous Mayoralty arguing the case for a London Regional Rail Authority, this does not appear even as an aspiration in your draft Transport Strategy. Have you given up hope of negotiating for the Mayor of London to oversee all rail commuter services in the London region ?


Answer for London Regional Rail Authority

Answer for London Regional Rail Authority

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No, I have not given up hope. With nearly half of all rail journeys in London involving transfers to London Underground (LU) or Docklands Light Railway (DLR), I believe there remains a pressing need to better integrate National Rail services with TfL's services, to deliver seamless journeys and fares for passengers, as well as better value for the taxpayer. TfL's submission to a recent Transport Select Committee enquiry made the point that service integration can be better delivered through a number of features, such as:

· The Mayor being allocated a rail budget for London for all suburban passenger services. · Common rail, Overground and LU fare levels set by the Mayor. · Inner suburban services franchised to Overground standards, with the same performance indictors to allow a comparison of quality. · Inner suburban station and services branded Overground with inner suburban stations transferred on long lease to TfL. · Gross cost contract operated by private sector specified by TfL. · The Mayor being co-signatory to franchise contracts where it covers both suburban and long distance services.