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Khan proposes TfL take over troubled Southern franchise

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has written to the new transport secretary proposing that Transport for London (TfL) immediately takes over the Southern rail franchise.

Mass cancellations and delays on the network have led to Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) cancelling 341 services a day to try to get control of the franchise.

Khan, who has previously called for GTR to be stripped of the franchise, has now written to Chris Grayling to say that the senior team at TfL should immediately take control of the franchise as a temporary measure.

Khan said: “Thousands of Londoners and longer-distance commuters simply cannot get to and from work, and are understandably furious. There is no doubt that the franchise must now be in default.”

The mayor’s letter comes following the resignation of rail minister Claire Perry after she told Parliament that the problems at Southern felt “like a failure”.

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Neil Palmer   20/07/2016 at 18:32

A huge part of the current problem with GTR/Southern is the intransigence of the RMT. Right now Mick Cash is causing trouble for GTR & ScotRail. Doesn't Khan remember the days of old when the RMT could call call strike action affecting all of British Rail? Is he willing to gamble that taking Southern under TfL's wing he isn't opening up the possibility of Mick Cash spreading his petulant little strike action over DOO by calling out all RMT workers on TfL?

Andrew Gwilt   23/07/2016 at 12:30

If that is the case then London Overground could be extended to Purley, Purley Oaks, Cattenham Corner, Caterham, Epsom, Epsom Downs, East Croydon, South Croydon and future extensions to Dartford, Lewisham, Hayes and Bromley North and other suburban lines in Southeast London as Crossrail 2 is to take over some of SWT's suburban lines to Chessington South, Epsom, Hampton Court, Weybridge, Feltham, Brentford, Shepperton and Twickenham once the Crossrail 2 project is completed.

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