Rejoice! Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed it will take control of London’s suburban rail network and paint it London Overground orange. The capital’s hordes of usually-miserable commuters have greeted the news with genuine smiles, as the new arrangement should see train services in and around the capital improve dramatically.
The Southeastern train route, which links London with Kent and East Sussex, will be the first to make the TfL switch in 2018, with Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern services set to follow in 2021. Negotiations for South West trains are still ongoing, though a break clause reportedly could see services taken over in 2019.
Commuters who travel from from Cannon Street, Charing Cross, London Bridge, Moorgate, Victoria and Waterloo will be affected by the changes. TfL will be responsible for all trains running within the capital, and the Department for Transport will control the wider South East region. [Standard]
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