A week after the publication of the Centre for London’s report Turning south London Orange: reforming rail to support growth, the secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced a new approach to the delivery of rail services in London and the south east.
In an announcement on 21 January 2016, the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL) set out a commitment to improve capacity and service levels across the region’s rail network. Essentially, the DfT and TfL will work together to create a more joined-up London rail network with more frequent services and increased capacity.
The proposals are set out in a prospectus to accompany a consultation (open until 18 March 2016). Details are provided at: A new approach to rail passenger services in London and the south east.
At last things are on the move, and appear to be heading in the right direction! As long ago as December 2004, in our response to the Brighton main line Route Utilisation Strategy, we asked for London’s suburban rail services to operate at regular intervals (at least every 15 minutes, ideally every 10 minutes), with the same stopping pattern all day. Over eleven years later, and perhaps London is finally set to get the joined-up, efficient, welcoming and whole transport approach that will make our lives a whole lot better.