Monday, December 19, 2016

Sadiq wants a Train Set for Christmas
– Southeastern Rail

MPs write to Theresa May to express ‘dismay’ over rail devolution decision

MPs and peers from across London (including Ilford South’s Mike Gapes) have joined forces to urge the Government to reconsider its decision to reject plans for rail devolution in the capital.

A letter signed by Bob Neill MP and Steve Reed MP, co-chair of the All-party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London and 20 other APPG for London members calls on the Prime Minister to get Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to look again at the business proposal for transferring suburban rail franchises to the Mayor of London and TfL.

It comes after last week’s rejection or proposals originally brought forward in January by the Department for Transport and the then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to take over Southeastern rail services from 2018. Adopted since by Sadiq Khan, this would have been the first step in TfL taking over all services up to the capital’s boundaries.

The letter sets out the signatories’ “dismay” at the announcement and urges Theresa May to review the situation and allow another Government department to assess the business case and evaluate the full benefits of TfL’s proposals.

Bromley & Chislehurst MP Bob Neill, APPG for London co-chair, said: “Addressing the problems rail users encounter on Southern and Southeastern must be the priority for the Department for Transport, not party politics. We all agree London’s rail commuters deserve better, and as an APPG we want to work constructively with the Government to achieve this.”

Full text of letter is here:

And here is Ian Hislop on the subject …

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