The Anonymous Widower

The Standard Is Upbeat On The Overground

the Standard today has an upbeat article on the Overground and the lengthening of trains from four to five carriages.

The article ends with this from Mike Brown, who is TfL’s Director of Rail.

Mr Brown said he was upbeat about adding rail capacity as London’s population boomed.

He said: “I’m optimistic we’ll hear some positive comments about Crossrail 2 in the Autumn Statement which is a critical project to relieve congestion at London Waterloo, Victoria and Clapham junction mainline stations.

“I’m also convinced that when we as the Overground take over responsibility for West Anglia routes from May next year and when Crossrail opens people will see the great benefit of the model we operate compared to other (train companies’) franchising models when we focus on delivery, performance and having staff at stations.

“I want to keep up the pressure of more devolution to the mayor.”

In September and October London Overground achieved 95.7 percent punctuality compared to a national average of 90.1 percent.

I think it’s all a powerful argument to duplicate the Overground model all over the country.

I do think that local control of trains, trams and buses, like London has over the Underground and Overground, is a very good thing, as decisions get taken in the area, not miles away where the franchise has its head office.

If you look at Merseyrail, Manchester’s trams and the Newcastle Metro, which have substantial local control, do they work better than some others?

November 7, 2014 - Posted by | Transport |

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