Devolution of commuter lines

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In view of the Government announcement that they intend to break up the rail franchises, will you renew your efforts to get devolution of commuter lines including Thameslink and Great Northern to TfL?


Answer for Devolution of commuter lines

Answer for Devolution of commuter lines

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am continuing to make the case for more suburban services to be devolved to Transport for London (TfL), to bring the obvious benefits of the London Overground to other parts of London.

As you note, the Department for Transport's (DfT) Strategic Vision for Rail, published in November, said that it would explore options for transferring 'selected services' from the TSGN franchise to TfL when it expires in 2021. Some services on the West London line, suburban Great Northern services from Moorgate, and suburban Southern services from Victoria and London Bridge would all be suitable for transfer from the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise to TfL. TfL and City Hall continue to discuss this topic with the DfT.