Transport for London (TfL) yesterday confirmed it will take over some rail routes out of Liverpool Street station and run them in the style of its successful London Overground service from 2015.
Following an agreement with the government TfL will take control of services from Liverpool Street to Enfield Town, Chingford, and Cheshunt via Seven Sisters.
The organisation will also take over responsibility for 23 stations on the routes from existing operator Greater Anglia, including two station that sit outside Greater London in Hertfordshire.
TfL promises to improve service reliability, refurbish the stations under its control and improve security on the routes. Although passenger groups welcomed yesterday’s announcement, the deal is a substantially reduced version of Mayor Boris Johnson’s original vision for rail devolution.
He had been bidding to take control of most of the south-eastern commuter network, including routes from Dartford and Sevenoaks into Charing Cross, London Bridge and Cannon Street. TfL also wanted to run services from Liverpool Street to Hertford East.
But yesterday’s deal covers less than a quarter of this area.
In May City A.M. revealed that the Mayor was facing defeat on the issue following opposition from the department for transport and Kent politicians. Three weeks later Johnson announced a £25m contribution to upgrading the West Anglia mainline. At the time the Mayor insisted it was coincidental that the money would be spent on a route he wanted to control.