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Kiley and SRA clash over transport body plan

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LONDON'S TRANSPORT body last week clashed with the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) over the need for a single body to run all of London's transport network, including suburban rail lines.

Transport commissioner Bob Kiley said he wanted to make his Transport for London (TfL) department solely responsible for developing London's commuter road and rail routes.

But SRA chief executive Mike Grant warned delegates that defining where his organisation's responsibilities began and where TfL's ended would be difficult, as many commuter rail routes run well outside Greater London.

Kiley argued that decision making on rail projects is hampered by TfL having to consult the SRA about all plans for commuter rail services and stations.

He added that he has control of just 5% of the city's main commuter roads.

TfL rail director Ian Brown said a transit authority could more easily create a system of outer and inner transport rings for London linked by rail, road and river links and key interchanges.

But Grant argued that all Brown's transit authority ambitions could be met through increased partnership with the SRA. He pointed to the TfL/SRA joint venture set up to promote the Crossrail route between Paddington and Liverpool Street as an example.

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