TfL has got Southern Rail users wet with excitement by offering them a glimpse into their future. A future in which they actually get to work on time now and again.
The map below (open in new tab to enlarge) shows what the capital’s rail network will look like, assuming Mayor Sadiq Khan’s takeover proposals get the go-ahead from the government.
The hollow orange lines show the routes TfL wants to get its hands on. Imagine how orange the entire thing will be once the guy with all the crayons gets permission to fill them in.
With London’s population expected to rise from 8.6 million to 10 million by 2030, there’s serious concern over the city’s suburban rail services, some of which are already performing woefully.
“Passengers on London’s suburban rail routes simply aren’t getting a good enough service,” said Khan. “They face increasing rail fares year after year, yet face daily delays, cancellations and overcrowding. The government has already agreed that devolving rail services would improve the daily commute for millions of Londoners."
If the plans are approved, TfL would assume responsibility for the routes when current franchises go up for renewal, the first being Southeastern suburban services. Its current deal runs out in 2018. [Standard]