Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has backed plans announced by the Secretary of State for Transport today to devolve powers over rail services to Transport for London (21 January).
The proposed changes could see TfL take control of suburban rail services around London, and the Department for Transport will be responsible for the wider South East. The first routes to come under TfL’s control could be Southeastern Railway services from 2018. Views are being sought on the prospectus, entitled “A new approach to rail passenger services in London and the South East”.
Mr Evennett said “This is a positive plan that would address many of the complaints that commuters have expressed to me about the continued poor and unreliable service we receive from Southeastern Railway. If these proposals are implemented, there could be increased frequency, better trains, improved reliability and more capacity. Travellers on our local railway lines deserve better, which is why I have been strongly campaigning for rail devolution in Greater London.”