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My South London Metro Campaign Continues…!

April 22, 2012

OK, so it may not be the biggest or most urgent campaign but the arguments are gaining ground and conceptually this provides some strong answers to the questions being asked at the moment:

– how can South London get a fairer deal on transport and connectivity?

– how can South London be better integrated into the TfL network?

These 2 questions are basically addressing the point that South London really does not feature much on the tube map.  This needs to changes, the Metro can change this.

– should the Mayor get rail franchise powers?

– how can we better integrate and improve rail services that are critically important to London residents and London’s economy?

There is a real possibility that rail franchise powers will be devolved from the Department for Transport.  The Northern Rail franchise and the London Midland franchise are being eyed up by the Integrated Transport Authorities in the 6 northern and west midland conurbations – significant progress is being made is discussions between the DfT and the ITAs on how this might work.

Politically, all 3 political parties are seeing the DfT as a department that should lead national transport strategy that can then be fed down to sub-national bodies to deliver locally/regionally.

For South London, TfL is the obvious choice to pull together the constituent rail services that make up the conurbations commuter lines and bring them into the TfL network completely.  And completely means through integrated fares and ticketing, passenger information, branding, station facilities and appearance, performance standards and responsibility.

We can also see better integration between the South London Metro and other transport modes e.g. bus, tram, taxi, river through TfL managing the network.  We could also see significant cost savings through procurement and greater standardisation in terms of stations and rolling stock – that is key.  All the South London lines need new trains with significantly improved passenger facilities – seats, space, air con, audio and visual passenger information systems.  One contract for the whole new fleet covering all the South London Metro network would bring a significant cost reduction.

It is surely a no-brainer.  I suspect it is being considered in some form at TfL and by the Mayoral candidates – i beseech them to turn the South London Metro into a reality.

Oh and for info, in my previous post, I considered the South London Metro network to include these lines:

South West, from Waterloo to: Hampton Court, Shepperton, Epsom/Dorking, Chessington South, Strawberry Hill, Hounslow Loop

Southern, from Victoria/London Bridge to: Epsom, Epsom Downs, Tattenham Corner, Caterham, East Grinstead, Beckenham Junction, Crystal Palace Loop, East/West Croydon

South Eastern, from Charing Cross/Cannon Street to: North Kent lines to Dartford/Gravesend/Gillingham, Hayes, Orpington/Sevenoaks

South Eastern, from Victoria/Blackfriars to: Dartford, Orpington

First Capital Connect, from Blackfriars to: Wimbledon, Sutton

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