Rail services between Sutton & Belmont stations

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Subsequent to the Deputy Mayor for Transport having advised last August that an increased rail service between Sutton & Belmont stations would technically be feasible, have TfL since started to explore potential funding streams from local development (alongside the DfT) so that the scheme may be delivered in the next Network Rail Control Period (2019-24).


Answer for Rail services between Sutton & Belmont stations

Answer for Rail services between Sutton & Belmont stations

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL continues to look at options for increasing train frequency between Sutton and Belmont stations. Options include a shuttle service between the two stations and, in the longer term, a through service to central London. 

As well as being technically feasible, enhancements would need to be shown to deliver value for money for TfL to engage in discussions with potential funders. I will ask TfL to produce a business case for increasing frequency on the route.

Although TfL can do feasibility work and look at options, it has no powers to be able to change the train services in this area itself - that is down to Network Rail, Southern and the Department for Transport. Unfortunately, the Transport Secretary has rejected the compelling case for rail devolution, despite widespread public, stakeholder and cross-party support. I am urging him to put the needs of rail passengers first and reconsider his decision.