Pidgeon welcomes TfL takeover of suburban trains
Transport for London confirmed today it wants to take control of the capital's suburban rail network. Commenting on the news Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate Caroline Pidgeon said:
“This news, while its is something I have long advocated, will still see some passengers waiting until 2021 - in the case those using Southern trains - to see any real changes in either service levels or lower fares.
“You have to ask why it has taken until just 4 months before the London Mayor elections for Tory ministers at the Department for Transport to finally accept that for too long people using these services have suffered from delays, disputes and disruption? They should sack the franchise holders now.
“If passengers are to be forced to wait for any improvements, ministers should be putting pressure on the train operators to improve their services, and allow those travelling before 07.30 to benefit from my plans for half price fares now , rather than in years."