TfL ‘Takeover’ Will Change The London Tube Map As We Know It

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Sadiq Khan is the man with the plan (he’s had quite a few awesome ones, tbf). His latest involves rail domination (cue evil laughter), in which TfL will expand their map to suburban railway lines. This means the Overground line will be extending its already extensive orange web. Commuter services brought to us by the joyful likes of Southern Rail, will be potentially transferred to TfL’s network, as well as other operators such as South West Trains and South Eastern.

TfL have released what the map of the future could look like:

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Khan wants to ensure that our transport system will be able to cope by the time the city’s population grows – London’s population is currently predicted to rise to 10 million people by 2030 (meaning empty tube carriages will become even more of a rarity!). The proposals were being considered last week, so we’re sure to find out about TfL’s Overground domination soon enough. Muhaha. The future’s bright, the future’s orange…

Georgie Jones

Georgie Jones

After graduating, Georgie decided to drastically break the mould and moved to Clapham, where she quickly picked up an Australian accent. She loves bloody Marys, small plates and dogs and strives not to be a walking cliché - so goes running instead.

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  1. In reply to Georgie Jones’ article on TfL taking over the railway lines in London, the future is, in fact, bleak if London Overground is permitted to takeover London’s Railways (which are, in fact, part of a wider national network).

    London Overground and TfL Rail (soon to be part of the Elizabeth Line aka Crossrail) are not part of TfL but part of National Rail. They both run National Rail Franchises. Both are not permitted to use TfL’s fare system but must use the far better National Rail fare system. Sadly no-one in TfL seems to understand this hence London Overground and TfL Rail passengers are missing out on cheap super off peak and advance fares (both of which must be offered by London Overground and TfL Rail but aren’t). Both London Overground and TfL Rail must offer the tickets of other rail companies on their respective parts of the TfL website as all of our railway lines are part of one railway network. This is compulsory as all rail companies, which London Overground and TfL Rail are, are bound by the impartiality obligation found in theTicketing and Settlement Agreement, the agreement which dictates how National Rail fares are set. Yet TfL does not honour this obligation at all. TfL, as custodians of oyster card software, must also ensure that oyster cards can be used in 1st class compartments on National Rail services. Guess what, TfL simply does not want to make even this simple change.
    Moving onto capacity, London Overground new class 378 trains are no longer than 5 coaches in length. With rail travel on the increase, practically all the train companies in London and the Southeast run trains of 8 – 12 coaches in length except London Overground save for some services out of London Liverpool Street. This makes for terrible overcrowding on London Overground Services especially during the rush hour periods. This chimes with extremely acute overcrowding on the London Underground and London Buses. Indeed Tfl Services above and below ground are often more overcrowded than the most overcrowded services on Southern and South Eastern services. Why should TfL be allowed to get away with this and not other public transport providers?

    Turning to punctuality, London Overground and TfL Rail services are no less prone to delays, alterations and cancellations than other train operators. Indeed if people were to look closely they would see that there has been a steady increase in signals, points and train failures on those lines taken over by London Overground and TfL Rail. In general, punctuality and reliability on National Rail services has been on the increase since the introduction of privatisation and the influx of hard cash that this has brought in (it should be noted that more money is paid into the rail system by the train companies, with Southwest Trains paying the most, than is received in subsidies by the train companies). Yet, as stated, London Overground and TfL Rail have seen increases in delays, alterations and cancellations of services on the lines that they manage. It seems that London Overground and TfL Rail are not living up to their own propaganda.

    In all, all that glitters ain’t gold. For all their sins, the vast majority of train companies do a good job on their franchises. Govia, the present bogeyman, actually took over the South Central Franchise (now known as Southern) in 2001 and turned it around. Even in it’s present rather distressed state, the Southern Franchise is actually faring far better than when it was under nationalised control (i.e. run by the disastrous British Rail) London, as with the rest of the Railway network, does not need a return to anything that might even faintly represent nationalisation. TfL is not good at keeping the tube (as seen by near constant delays, alterations, cancellations and brutal overcrowding) and buses running let alone keeping London Overground and TfL Rail in good nick. Prey tell me why TfL, which is so severely flouting all sorts of rules, should be allowed to take over any more railway lines in London?

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