Government rejects TfL takeover of Southeastern service
Statement from London Assembly Transport Committee as Government rejects TfL takeover of Southeastern service
The announcement today from the Transport Secretary that Transport for London (TfL) would not take over Southeastern services, has been criticised by the London Assembly Transport Committee.
The move would have delivered benefits highlighted in the cross-party Transport Committee report ‘Devolving Rail Services to London: Towards a South London Metro'’– published in October 2015. The Committee reiterated its support for rail devolution in a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in October 2016.
Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee said;
“The Government and the Mayor have missed a fantastic opportunity to improve rail services in the capital. I am appalled they couldn’t get their act together to secure a deal which would so obviously have benefitted London passengers.
Our survey last year confirmed that devolution to TfL was supported by 68 per cent of London rail passengers. Yet, once again, the passengers have been ignored and our services will suffer as a result.
This is not a toy train set we’re playing with and it is Londoners who will pay the price for not being listened to, by those who run our railways.”