Plans for Transport for London to take over capital's rail lines ditched

Plans for Transport for London to take over capital's rail lines ditched

Transport secretary instead says TfL will be involved in new Southeastern franchise that will hand more control to private firms

Plans for the capital’s rail lines to be run by Transport for London (TfL) have been scuttled, as the government instead said it would make the Southeastern franchise a testbed for controversial reforms that will lead to private train companies taking joint control of the tracks.

The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has blocked a deal announced in January by his predecessor, Patrick McLoughlin, and the then London mayor, Boris Johnson, for TfL to take charge of train services within Greater London as the franchises were renewed.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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