I recognise that parts of south London are more dependent on National Rail Services than other parts of London, which means that the networks are not always well integrated with Transport for London (TfL) services. As a result, I have been calling for devolution of the contracting authority of local stopping services to TfL in and around London, and for services in south and south east London to operate in a more metro-like style with higher frequencies. This would improve customer experience and enable better integration with London’s wider transport system. TfL has also set out a compelling strategic case for this “metroisation” of suburban rail services in south and south east London in the “Strategic Case for Metroisation in south and south east London” report.
In December 2020, TfL temporarily added Thameslink services to the Tube map to help customers move around the city during the continuing coronavirus pandemic. As it operates a through-London service, this provides Londoners more options during the pandemic.
On the bus network, I have brought in the Hopper fare that provides for everyone across London, particularly for those who are reliant on the bus and/or tram in south London. In 2019, TfL also introduced two new bus routes, 301 and 335, in the south of London.
TfL has also laid out its plan to become financially sustainable by 2023/24 in its Financial Sustainability Plan. This has laid the groundwork for discussions between TfL and Government officials that are underway ahead of the current funding agreement expiring on 31 March 2021. Once a long-term agreement is in place, TfL will be able to commit to capital programmes that benefit all Londoners.
I am committed to working with TfL, the DfT, Network Rail, train operating companies, the police and all our stakeholders and partners to improve the safety and whole journey experience for all Londoners.