Expanding TfL's rail network
Train routes wholly or mostly within London would be 'devolved' to TfL, meaning that we appoint the train operator, not the Department for Transport (DfT).
Benefits to passengers would include more reliable services, cleaner and safer stations and more frequent trains on some routes.
Devolution would also provide more local accountability, as TfL reports directly to the elected Mayor of London. We have been operating the devolved orbital London Overground routes since 2007, and this has led to significant increases in reliability, customer satisfaction and ridership.
Devolved routesAt the moment we envisage that routes in northeast and southeast London could be the first to transfer. These could include:
- Victoria / Charing Cross / Cannon Street - Dartford / Sevenoaks / Orpington / Hayes
- Liverpool Street - Enfield Town / Cheshunt / Chingford
Together these routes serve many London neighbourhoods, including: Beckenham, Bethnal Green, Bexley, Brixton, Bromley, Catford, Chislehurst, Clapton, Deptford, Eltham, Enfield, Erith, Greenwich, Hackney, Lewisham, New Cross, Peckham, Stoke Newington, Walthamstow, and Woolwich.
- Enhanced service reliability
- New off-peak services from Victoria to Bromley South (via Catford) and from Victoria to Dartford (via Eltham). This would ensure a minimum 15-minute service frequency throughout the day at many more stations
- Deep cleaned, painted and refurbished stations
- Help points and CCTV to modern standards at all stations
- Improved and more integrated customer information
- More stations with ticket gates, to combat fare evasion and anti-social behaviour
- More visible staff presence at stations and on trains
- Better integration with the rest of London's public transport network, making it easier to plan and make journeys using more than one type of transport
People living outside London
Some of the train routes that would transfer include a small number of stops outside London, in Hertfordshire and Kent. This is because modern administrative boundaries don't always match how the rail network has developed. It would not be operationally possible to devolve only the London portion of these routes.
People using stations outside London will receive the benefits listed above, plus:
- Oyster accepted for the first time at some stations
- Inclusion in TfL zonal fare system, meaning some cheaper tickets
Our proposals would not affect the longer distance 'fast' trains that serve major stops such as Cheshunt, Dartford and Sevenoaks. These would still be the responsibility of the DfT, and would run alongside the TfL services. Find out more about how this proposal affects people who live near stations outside London.
Please read the Mayor's Rail Vision.