We conducted the first survey of London rail users about devolution, and found that 68% of them supported the idea of TfL managing their train service. Such a strong endorsement of devolution from passengers and other key stakeholders should be very difficult for the Government to ignore.
I know it can be ‘unsexy’ in some political circles to actually read and understand reports before commenting on or dismissing them but that is what Assembly Members were elected to do.
Combined with London’s growing population, the increase in vans and their congestion impact on London’s roads is an issue policymakers must grapple with urgently.
The Mayor cannot assume devolution is a simple or complete solution to all of the problems facing London’s National Rail services. Separating out London suburban services from longer-distance services is a complex process that could benefit some rail users more than others.
Yesterday, after months of delays, overcrowding and utter chaos at London Bridge, I finally had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, and his Junior Minister, Claire Perry, to request their intervention in the matter.