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TfL Given Ability To Propose Changes To Inner Suburban Rail Services - 3037/6348
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 18th July 2007
Guidance published today (18/07/2007) will allow TfL to integrate London's inner suburban rail network with the rest of the capital's transport system (links below.)
The guidance explains the role of TfL in the rail franchise process and , following a consultation last year , allows TfL to propose and pay for extra train services and station improvements on certain 'inner suburban' routes that extend just beyond the Greater London Authority boundary.
When proposing service or station changes TfL will have to consult local transport authorities in the affected areas beyond the boundary , as well as Regional Assemblies and London TravelWatch. Were TfL to seek any reductions to service levels , the governance arrangements are stronger. TfL would require the agreement of affected local transport authorities.
The 'inner suburban' services that terminate beyond the GLA boundary , and on which TfL will be able to propose changes to services levels , are :
Services from Charing Cross , Victoria or Cannon Street , terminating at Dartford
Services from Blackfriars or Victoria , terminating at Sevenoaks , via Swanley
Services from Charing Cross , Cannon Street or Victoria , terminating at Sevenoaks , via Orpington
Services from Victoria or London Bridge , terminating at Caterham
Services from Victoria or London Bridge , terminating at Tattenham Corner
Services from Victoria or London Bridge , terminating at Epsom or Epsom Downs
Services from Waterloo , terminating at Hampton Court
Services from Waterloo , terminating at Shepperton
Services from Waterloo , terminating at Windsor and Eton Riverside
Services from Waterloo , terminating at Epsom
Services from Paddington , terminating at Slough
Services from Kings Cross Thameslink , terminating at St Albans
Services from Kings Cross or Moorgate , terminating at Welwyn Garden City
Services from Kings Cross or Moorgate , terminating at Hertford North
Services from Liverpool Street , terminating at Hertford East
Services from Liverpool Street , terminating at Shenfield
Services from Fenchurch Street , terminating at Grays , via Rainham
The definitions refer to the main weekday services and may alter for operational purposes or for some late night or weekend services.
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