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London Assembly calls for devolution of rail lines

The London Assembly has urged the government to devolve control of the London rail routes to Transport for London and the Mayor of London in a letter to transport secretary Patrick Mcloughlin.

The routes are currently run by Southeastern and West Anglia, but the assembly argues that devolving control would lead to higher train frequency, better reliability, consistent fares and lower crime rates.

“Control of these key rail routes would improve conditions for passengers and drive up standards on a part of the rail network vital for London’s economic viability,” said transport committee chair Caroline Pidgeon.

“We hope that Government will heed our call and take the right decision to improve suburban rail services for the capital’s commuters.”

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