It's pretty difficult to bring together political parties and several different parts of government and get them to agree, but now there's one thing that has – an apparent shared dislike of commuter trains into London.
Nothing brings people together like a collective resentment towards train companies such as Southeastern, Southern and Thameslink, and now plans to ditch them and let TfL run the services like the Overground have been met with pretty much overwhelming support far and wide.
City Hall, Transport for London and the Department for Transport have agreed the plans will go ahead.
Labour mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan is on board:
Finally Govt shows glimmer they get anger of London's commuters – as Mayor I'll fight for full powers Londoners deserve over train services
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 21, 2016
Conservative mayoral hopeful Zac Goldsmith is too:
I've been working with Government to resolve this as MP & mayoral candidate so I strongly welcome today's news https://t.co/YvO7Z79h0I (2/3)
— Zac Goldsmith (@ZacGoldsmith) January 21, 2016
Local councils and London MPs support it:
Very much in favour of devolving London train services, taking them off the hands of these terrible train operators, and giving them to TfL
— ChukaUmunna (@ChukaUmunna) January 17, 2016
— Matt Hartley (@MattHartley100) January 21, 2016
Great news for commuters. West Norwood & Gipsy Hill to be taken over by TfL & become part of London Overground. https://t.co/cio6gyR2CI
— Matthew Bennett (@CllrMattBennett) January 21, 2016
Already been improvments on TfL rail. Great news https://t.co/sSymOALcoN
— John Howard (@jhoward87) January 21, 2016
Of course the devil will be in the detail, including agreeing the funding for the project. But for now, commuters are delighted:
— Helen in HK (@Helen_in_HK) January 21, 2016
The broad cross-party support for bringing London suburban rail under TfL control shows what a dismal fucking failure rail privatisation is.
— Andy Simpson (@aiusepsi) January 21, 2016
TfL taking over London rail services from Thameslink is *fantastic* news. We need a service that puts customers before shareholders.
— Robin Clarke (@rclarke) January 21, 2016
Although, the grass is always greener