Kent Rail Services and TfL

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you arrange a free day out on London Overground for any Kent councillors and MPs who are worried about the prospect of TfL taking over local rail services, in order to demonstrate to them the improvements in frequency, reliability, cleanliness, staffing and stations that they could look forward to?


Answer for Kent Rail Services and TfL

Answer for Kent Rail Services and TfL

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My proposals for devolution offer considerable benefits for passengers both in London and throughout Kent. Furthermore, TfL has developed a comprehensive package of safeguards that would prevent me, or any future Mayor, from taking any action that would be detrimental to rail passengers from outside the Capital.

TfL and GLA officers have devoted considerable energy to engaging with representatives from Kent, with some success, although others remain to be convinced. We will of course continue to make the case, and I am grateful for the support of the Assembly. I would be happy to arrange a visit to London Overground for any Kent councillor, MP or other representative who would be interested. Indeed, we have already offered this to many of them.