Thameslink rail devolution

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4857
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

You have spoken a lot about rail devolution of Southern Rail. What are you saying about Thameslink rail devolution?

Answer

Answer for Thameslink rail devolution

Answer for Thameslink rail devolution

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am very disappointed the Secretary of State for Transport has reneged on the Government's promise to devolve suburban rail services to TfL, despite cross-party support from Assembly Members, MPs, councils inside and outside of London, and businesses and their representatives.

The only proven way of improving services for passengers is giving control of suburban rail lines to TfL. TfL's Business Case makes this clear. It is a fact that TfL lines have more frequent trains, fewer delays and cancellations and more staff at stations and customers will benefit from my decision to freeze all TfL fares. I will keep pushing the government to deliver the rail devolution it has promised and that is needed.

Thameslink provides an important service relied on by many Londoners, which is why I will continue to press the Government to address the very serious failings of Govia Thameslink Railway, the Thameslink operator.

In the longer term, I am fully supportive of the multi-billion pound Thameslink Programme which will result in new trains, more frequent services, expanded stations and additional destinations.