TfL is taking over all trains in London – but will that mean a better service?

TfL to the rescue

We whinge a lot about public transport here in London and that’s because it can be quite simply appalling.

But when you think about the hatred directed towards those who run our transport networks, most of it goes on the train companies, which don’t seem to be able to anywhere near keep up with demand.

It seems, however, that Londoners might finally be able to arrive on time for things as Transport for London is taking over running the capital’s suburban rail network.

Some of the London’s troublespots will benefit heavily as a result of the measure, particularly in south London, which relies more on trains due to a lack of Tube lines.

Services from Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Moorgate, Victoria, Waterloo and London Bridge will be run by TfL, which has a better record of reliability than train services in London.

The plan was initiated by former mayor Ken Livingstone, but has cross party support and has been put into place by Boris Johnson.

The mayor of London told the Evening Standard: “Our railways have been the workhorse of London and the South East economy since Victorian times.

“They’re key to the day to day lives of millions of people and vital to our future prosperity, and that’s exactly why this new partnership is such a seminal moment.

“By working closely together and taking on these new services, we’re going to emulate the success of the London Overground and give the entire capital and surrounding areas the services they truly deserve.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin added: “We are committed to making journeys better across London and the South East, and this new partnership represents a huge opportunity to transform travel by putting passengers where they should be – at the heart of the rail network.”



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