A POLITICIAN is urging for Southeastern rail services operating wholly in Greater London to be taken over by Transport for London.

Assembly member and Lewisham councillor Darren Johnson will table a question to Mayor of London Boris Johnson urging for the change of responsibility on July 17.

Southeastern rail journeys include trains between Victoria and Orpington and London Bridge to Beckenham Junction.

Mr Johnson said: "Londoners want great rail services, which are fully linked up to the public transport system and the Mayor is in the best position to make that happen.

"Transport for London (TfL) has proven itself capable of bringing about improvements in rail services and station facilities through its management of the London Overground, one of the best-performing rail services in the UK enjoys which enjoys consistently high levels of public satisfaction.

"Kent County Council can have no objection to TfL taking over the running of services which operate entirely outside its boundaries and I urge the Mayor to seek new powers over these commuter services within Greater London so that passengers can enjoy a better experience and increased reliability."

The question will be tabled at Mayor’s question time at City Hall, London.