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2001-11-29 TfL-001
Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions


Kiley calls for Revolution in London's Rail

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Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions

Kiley calls for Revolution in London's Rail

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29 November 2001
source Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions
type Press release

A revolution in London’s rail services is the only answer to the problems commuters to the Capital face day after day, Bob Kiley, Commissioner of Transport, said today.

Speaking at a major rail conference in London, Mr Kiley said Transport for London (TfL) had radical plans to shake up London’s overground rail network, including:

rationalising the number of train operating companies serving the Capital;
creating a single, transport network in London to integrate national rail, the underground and buses;
establishing a Transit Authority to manage national rail services within the Greater London Authority area and beyond to drive up services and standards for commuters and;
promoting common fares and marketing within this wider London network.
Speaking at TfL’s Rail in London Conference, Mr Kiley said:

"Everyday, nearly half-a-million people commute into London and experience the ugly face of a failing, fractured rail service that promises much and delivers nothing.

"We need a new body - a Transit Authority - with powers to control and direct rail transport in London and the South East. This is essential if London is to have a properly managed transport network integrating over-ground with Underground rail services."

Unveiling TfL’s proposed new rail network map for London and its wider ‘travel to work’ area, Mr Kiley said this bold move promised real improvements for commuters and visitors travelling in and out of London.

Mr Kiley continued:

"Passengers and the Government recognise that bold action is needed. Under TfL, this new network would set out concrete performance targets, have clear ways of measuring them and would put a new culture and structure in place, one with safety and reliability at the forefront.

"London is the hub of the UK’s rail network and needs radical surgery to get back to full health. We look to the SRA, the Government and Railtrack’s successor to work with us to make this happen. TfL will continue our dialogue with County

Councils and Local Authorities outside Greater London on how we take our plans forward."

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