Planning for the future
More than 600,000 extra passengers will need to travel by public transport at peak times, a large proportion of them by rail.
Per person, Londoners make six times as many rail trips as people living in any other English region. They also pay higher fares, yet receive only a quarter of the public expenditure per trip.
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London and the South East provide a considerable 43 per cent of all tax revenues in the UK and this is set to increase.
Significant long-term investment is needed to avoid overcrowding on trains, a fall in service quality and London's ability to grow and support the UK economy being undermined.
Vision for rail in London
The Mayor has published his vision for transforming rail services in London.
As well as a package of improvements, the document proposes transferring responsibility for some of the Capital's National Rail services to the Mayor.
If taken forward it would give the Mayor the power to raise standards, provide more benefits and save money.
Take a look at The Mayor's Rail Vision - Investing in Rail Services in London.
Our recent work
Although we do not have direct responsibility for most of London's National Rail services, we work with others to identify improvements and seek funding.
Shaping London's rail network
We worked closely with Network Rail on the London and South East Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS), which sets out the long term developments needed to address capacity constraints and ensure effective operation of the network in coming years.
We also made recommendations for the subsequent High Level Output Statement:
In line with the Mayor's Rail Vision, we have been making the case for us to have more responsibility for some of London's inner-suburban rail routes.
We have responded to the Government's consultation on the new combined Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern franchise, to start in 2013.
Rail services in south London
We have worked with London TravelWatch and others to assess options for mitigating the withdrawal of the Victoria to London Bridge (via Denmark Hill) shuttle service, from December 2012. Find out more about the Victoria to London Bridge shuttle
We have secured funding from Government, London Boroughs and developers to pay for step-free access schemes, ticket gates, cycle parking and other station improvements at a wide range of locations across London.
We also have directly funded deep cleans, extra cycle parking and more staff at some of the National Rail stations in south and east London.