Rail devolution and the Wimbledon Loop line

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0714
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Under the proposals for the gradual devolution of London rail services to TfL, is it likely that the Wimbledon Loop line will be included? If so, will you ask TfL to highlight the importance of the line continuing to run direct trains north of Blackfriars?

Answer

Answer for Rail devolution and the Wimbledon Loop line

Answer for Rail devolution and the Wimbledon Loop line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am delighted to have achieved Government agreement in principle for inner suburban rail services in London to transfer to TfL, and thank the Assembly for its longstanding support in this matter.

Initial proposals developed with the Department for Transport (DfT) do not identify the Wimbledon Loop, a Thameslink service, for transfer. However, given the existing franchise runs until 2021, TfL and the DfT will work as part of the proposed partnership to identify routes that would be better run by TfL, or indeed improvements to local services even if run as part of the national franchising programme.