Following submission of a Strategic Outline Business Case for the transfer last year, the Department for Transport has agreed to assess the case for the devolution of the Great Northern services further. Transport for London is currently working with the Department for Transport to develop the next stage of the assessment, which will entail the completion of an Outline Business Case. This will build on the work done to date, ensuring that all options for the future delivery of the service are considered in the context of recent changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
Progress with these discussions has been slower than I would have wished, but this has been an unavoidable consequence of the pandemic. The Department for Transport has needed to execute many short term changes to its management of rail operators, including the implementation of Emergency Measures Agreements and their subsequent extension.