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Town hall union calls for TfL rail decentralization UK News

The London Assembly Labor Group called on the government to “urgently reconsider” its plans to overhaul the UK rail network.

The government announced yesterday its intention to create a new “TfL-inspired” public body, Great British Railways, which will take over the management and planning of the country’s rail network.

But City Hall Labor’s new transport spokesperson Elly Baker said it was “incredibly disappointing” that the government’s Williams Review “ignored the strong and convincing arguments” for TfL to take over the management of rail services. in Greater London.

Ms Baker said: “The journal itself uses TfL as a gold standard for comparison. The government knows that with the track record of London Overground and TfL Rail, decentralization would mean more reliable and affordable services for thousands of more commuters, but it has decided to pass up this golden opportunity.

“And let’s remember, when he was mayor, Boris Johnson was a strong proponent of moving rail services to TfL. This is a deeply frustrating and disturbing turnaround and I call on the government to urgently reconsider. ”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan revealed in his re-election manifesto that he was working with the Department for Transport to take Moorgate’s Great Northern services under TfL control.

Mr Khan also pledged to “build on the progress we have made over the past five years on rail decentralization” and said he would “explore this issue with the government as it reforms the network. national railway ”.

Previously, Sadiq Khan had sought to delegate suburban south-east and south-west rail services to TfL, although this has yet to materialize.

TfL Rail currently operates services from Liverpool Street to Shenfield and from Paddington to Reading and Heathrow Airport, which will be part of the eventual Crossrail route operated by TfL.

Announced yesterday, Great British Railways will use ‘a model similar to that used by Transport for London’ and will see the new body manage and plan the network, including setting fares and timetables, while private partners will continue to operate the services. .

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This notice was published: 2021-05-20 16:25:45