The Anonymous Widower

Autumn Statement: Is Rail Devolution In London Dead?

This is the title of an article on the BBC web site.

This is how the article starts.

Sadiq Khan is not the first mayor to want more control over London’s rail service.

Previous mayors have managed it – Ken Livingstone took over Silverlink and Boris Johnson gained control of West Anglia.

But it looks like the chances of more takeovers are not that promising.

The article then goes on to make the point, that the timescale for taking over Southeastern metro services is very tight.

As time is a very absolute constraint, action needs to be taken now!

November 25, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. The basic problem with the Mayor controlling all the trains within London is that the Mayor is only elected by people in Greater London. S/he thus has every reason to give short haul commuter trains priority over those used by passengers from further afield as passengers from Brighton, Watford, St. Albans and Tunbridge Wells etc. can’t vote the Mayor out of office.

    Comment by Mark Clayton | November 25, 2016 | Reply

  2. I used to think like that, but I have a fewfriends, who live outside Geater London, at places like Cheshunt, Chingford and Shenfield and say that since TfL have taken over, in the last couple of years, services have improved beyond recognition.

    As the main takeover target is the metro lines of Southeastern, I think that it would be worthwhile for all.

    Comment by AnonW | November 25, 2016 | Reply

    • South Eastern is indeed performing badly, but that is because of the “**** you” attitude of RMT union / members to technical improvements – causing repeated strikes and further disruption due to false sickies.

      Comment by Mark Clayton | November 25, 2016 | Reply


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