Responding to the announcement today from the Transport Secretary that Transport for London (TfL) would not take over Southeastern services, Ben Rogers, Director at Centre for London said:
“This is a disappointing blow for London, and the thousands of commuters who rely on these services.
“During our research for Turning South London Orange, Kent and Surrey County Councils as well as a number of rail user groups signalled their support for devolution of services to London, on the condition that services beginning outside London will not be adversely affected, so it is surprising that Government are not on board too.
The ‘overground effect’ has been proven, and devolution of rail services to TfL has real potential to transform connectivity in South London. Without these urgent reforms London could grind to a halt.”