In May 2018, the new Transport Secretary, Grant Schapps, said, “I've met the rail minister and urged him to end Great Northern's franchise with their appalling new Welwyn Hatfield timetable. I support @TFL London Overground taking over the line and we're making progress”. When can we expect the Government to devolve Great Northern to TfL?
I am pleased at the progress made by Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT) towards the transfer of Great Northern services to TfL. It takes around two years to plan and deliver a transfer of services and TfL is currently working closely with the DfT to prepare a Business Case, with a view for a potential transfer to take place assuming the franchise ends as currently planned by the DfT in September 2021.
When I met the Secretary of State in August 2019 he agreed with my view that devolving these services to TfL will enable a range of proposed improvements for rail users in London and beyond, including all-day staffing, upgraded stations, better customer service, and more reliable service.