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06 February 2012

Boris Johnson unveils his plan to transform suburban rail services

Boris Johnson has unveiled his plan to transform suburban rail, asking Government to hand him the power to set the standard for local train services. His plan would mean putting on more suburban services by bringing in ‘turn-up-and-go’ services. It will also improve stations and make them safer.

The plan follows the Mayor’s successes in transforming London Overground into one of the most reliable lines in the UK and in introducing Oyster cards to National Rail after years of failed talks under his predecessor Ken Livingstone. It would be the next step in improving transport, after securing funding in full for Crossrail and the Tube upgrades.

The first services to come under Boris Johnson’s remit would be the current Southeastern and West Anglia rail services, where the franchises come up for renewal in 2014. Giving him the power to set the standard on these services would mean improvements for passengers using services from:

  • 22 stations in Bromley including Orpington, Hayes and Bromley South
  • 11 stations in Bexley including Bexley, Bexleyheath and Slade Green
  • 14 stations in Lewisham including Grove Park, Hither Green and Lewisham   
  • 10 stations in Greenwich including Eltham, Abey Wood and Greenwich
  • 10 stations in Enfield including Enfield Town, Turkey Street and Ponders End
  • 6 stations in Hackney including Stamford Hill, London Fields, Hackney Downs and Stoke Newington
  • 5 stations in Waltham Forest including Chingford, Highams Park and Wood Street
  • 5 stations in Haringey including Bruce Grove, White Hart Lane and Seven Sisters
  • 4 stations in Southwark including West Dulwich and Nunhead
  • Brixton and Herne Hill stations in Lambeth
  • Cambridge Heath and Bethnal Green railway station in Tower Hamlets

Under his vision for one integrated transport network in London, the following customer service standards would be met at all of these stations:

  • a ‘turn-up-and-go’ service with a frequency of at least four trains per hour throughout the week;
  • a visible staff presence across the network throughout the day, offering proactive assistance to customers;
  • improved passenger security with CCTV and Help Points at all stations, plus improved lighting and more stations gated to reduce anti-social behaviour;
  • better real-time information with visual and public address systems;
  • improved station ambience by deep cleaning and refurbishing.

Discussing the plans, Boris Johnson said: “This is an opportunity for Londoners. This service would be more punctual, more reliable, cheaper and would be integrated with the London Underground network.

“It would mean lower fares. Historically Network Rail has put up fares more than Transport for London. This has to be done.

“The fractured organisation of London’s suburban railways is totally inefficient and needs a complete overhaul. My vision is for one integrated suburban service operating to the standards we have demonstrated can be achieved on London Overground, which is now one of the most reliable and popular railways in the UK.”

Additionally, as part of Boris’s plan for suburban rail services, better access, such as for those Londoners with prams and wheelchairs, will be provided at the following stations:

  • Brondesbury, Kensal Rise and Queen’s Park in Brent
  • Raynes Park, Tooting and Crystal Palace in Merton
  • Seven Sisters, Alexandra Palance and South Tottenham in Haringey
  • Mortlake and Barnes in Richmond
  • West Hampstead and Hampstead Heath in Camden
  • East Dulwich and Queen’s Road Peckham in Southwark
  • Edmonton Green and Palmers Green in Enfield
  • Petts Wood in Bromley
  • Barnehouse in Bexley
  • Plumstead in Greenwich
  • Catford in Lewisham
  • Vauxhall in Lambeth
  • Blackhorse Road in Waltham Forest
  • New Barnet
  • Seven Kings in Redbridge
  • Battersea Park in Wandsworth

Meanwhile, improvements to relieve congestion will be made at these stations:

  • Waterloo, Vauxhall, Herne Hill and Tulse Hill in Lambeth
  • Marylebone, Charing Cross and Victoria in Westminster
  • Putney and Clapham Junction in Wandsworth
  • Bromley South and Orpington in Bromley
  • Hackney Central and Hackney Downs
  • Wimbledon in Merton
  • Surbiton in Kingston upon Thames
  • Peckham Rye in Southwark
  • Finsbury Park in Islington
  • Barking
  • Fenchurch Street in the City of London
  • Sutton

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