Proposals to devolve inner-suburban services from franchised operators to Transport for London would deliver the equivalent of £4.30 for every £1 spent, according to the business case submitted by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling was presented with the business case on October 14. It sets out plans for TfL to take over routes currently operated by Southeastern, South West Trains and Govia Thameslink Railway (RAIL 811).
“For too long, London’s rail commuters have been getting a bad service - with nightmare delays, cancellations and overcrowding increasingly the norm on our suburban rail routes,” said Khan.
“The business case sets out in detail the huge benefits Londoners will feel from devolving suburban rail routes to TfL.”
He said the plans would act as a catalyst for new jobs and homes in outer London, adding: “Rail passengers will finally get the same standard of service and reliability they get on the Tube.”
Khan said there was “no excuse for not pressing ahead with changes that will substantially improve the lives of Londoners”.
- For more on this, read RAIL 812, published on October 26.
- For more on devolution, read RAIL 811, on sale now.