'We're Londoners too' - Twitter plea for Boris Johnson to take over Southeastern trains

News Shopper: 'We're Londoners too' - plea for Boris to takeover Southeastern trains 'We're Londoners too' - plea for Boris to takeover Southeastern trains

Boris Johnson has again expressed his desire for Southeastern trains to be taken over by Transport for London.

The Mayor of London made the statement during an "Ask Boris" question and answer session on Twitter today (March 27).

Alberto Galloni asked: "Can you please support TfL taking over the SE London Metro lines & improve the service for us? We're Londoners too."

The mayor replied: "Yes absolutely this is the single best and most cost efficient way of improving transport in London."

Mr Johnson has made several calls for control of the capital's suburban railways to be handed over to City Hall.

A recent survey showed Southeastern had the joint lowest customer satisfaction levels in the whole country.

However, hopes of a takeover appeared to be scuppered last year after the Department for Transport delayed any decision on new franchises until 2018.

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1:59pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Wombles4000 says...

Boris says that but did next to nothing when the chance was there late last year. Also doing next to nothing were local MPs and councils in SE London, and Kent council blocked it.

Compare that to the other side of the river. Politicians supported TfL taking over local trains and Hertfordshire council backed it. Now TfL will takeover in 2015 providing more trains, newer trains, staff at every station, and oyster extension.

Southeastern will now carry on with few staff, short trains, poor frequencies like 2 trains an hour (TfL would have doubled all to at least 4 an hour) and no oyster at Dartford.
Boris says that but did next to nothing when the chance was there late last year. Also doing next to nothing were local MPs and councils in SE London, and Kent council blocked it. Compare that to the other side of the river. Politicians supported TfL taking over local trains and Hertfordshire council backed it. Now TfL will takeover in 2015 providing more trains, newer trains, staff at every station, and oyster extension. Southeastern will now carry on with few staff, short trains, poor frequencies like 2 trains an hour (TfL would have doubled all to at least 4 an hour) and no oyster at Dartford. Wombles4000
  • Score: 10

2:15pm Thu 27 Mar 14

lonmark1980 says...

Please let TfL take over on SE trains!
Please let TfL take over on SE trains! lonmark1980
  • Score: 15

2:23pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Wombles4000 says...

lonmark1980 wrote:
Please let TfL take over on SE trains!
Too late, SE have got another 4 years as local politicians didn't fight for it compared to elsewhere sadly.
[quote][p][bold]lonmark1980[/bold] wrote: Please let TfL take over on SE trains![/p][/quote]Too late, SE have got another 4 years as local politicians didn't fight for it compared to elsewhere sadly. Wombles4000
  • Score: 7

2:41pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Joelo says...

Anything would be better than south eastern!
Anything would be better than south eastern! Joelo
  • Score: 7

2:45pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Eagles_Man says...

Wombles4000 wrote:
Boris says that but did next to nothing when the chance was there late last year. Also doing next to nothing were local MPs and councils in SE London, and Kent council blocked it.

Compare that to the other side of the river. Politicians supported TfL taking over local trains and Hertfordshire council backed it. Now TfL will takeover in 2015 providing more trains, newer trains, staff at every station, and oyster extension.

Southeastern will now carry on with few staff, short trains, poor frequencies like 2 trains an hour (TfL would have doubled all to at least 4 an hour) and no oyster at Dartford.
Perhaps you should read the article before commenting.

"However, hopes of a takeover appeared to be scuppered last year after the Department for Transport delayed any decision on new franchises until 2018. "

TfL can't take over any line until the franchise comes up.

Also, I believe Bromley Council is quite happy with Boris taking over the lines - it means they might at last get a through link to Bromley North.
[quote][p][bold]Wombles4000[/bold] wrote: Boris says that but did next to nothing when the chance was there late last year. Also doing next to nothing were local MPs and councils in SE London, and Kent council blocked it. Compare that to the other side of the river. Politicians supported TfL taking over local trains and Hertfordshire council backed it. Now TfL will takeover in 2015 providing more trains, newer trains, staff at every station, and oyster extension. Southeastern will now carry on with few staff, short trains, poor frequencies like 2 trains an hour (TfL would have doubled all to at least 4 an hour) and no oyster at Dartford.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should read the article before commenting. "However, hopes of a takeover appeared to be scuppered last year after the Department for Transport delayed any decision on new franchises until 2018. " TfL can't take over any line until the franchise comes up. Also, I believe Bromley Council is quite happy with Boris taking over the lines - it means they might at last get a through link to Bromley North. Eagles_Man
  • Score: 4

3:07pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Wombles4000 says...

Eagles_Man wrote:
Wombles4000 wrote:
Boris says that but did next to nothing when the chance was there late last year. Also doing next to nothing were local MPs and councils in SE London, and Kent council blocked it.

Compare that to the other side of the river. Politicians supported TfL taking over local trains and Hertfordshire council backed it. Now TfL will takeover in 2015 providing more trains, newer trains, staff at every station, and oyster extension.

Southeastern will now carry on with few staff, short trains, poor frequencies like 2 trains an hour (TfL would have doubled all to at least 4 an hour) and no oyster at Dartford.
Perhaps you should read the article before commenting.

"However, hopes of a takeover appeared to be scuppered last year after the Department for Transport delayed any decision on new franchises until 2018. "

TfL can't take over any line until the franchise comes up.

Also, I believe Bromley Council is quite happy with Boris taking over the lines - it means they might at last get a through link to Bromley North.
Errr I did and it's wrong. Maybe you should do some research before commenting? As for the bit you highlighted - well it's wrong - "However, hopes of a takeover appeared to be scuppered last year after the Department for Transport delayed any decision on new franchises until 2018. "

They didn't delay any decision - they awarded some franchise extensions and some changed. One of those changes was Greater Anglia lines coming under TfL control in 2015. SE did not and will stay until 2018.

Bromley may say they support but it was token support. They and other councils, MP's and London assembly members needed to be vocal in public and in private. How many did that? Hardly any in public. Most didn't speak up at all.
[quote][p][bold]Eagles_Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wombles4000[/bold] wrote: Boris says that but did next to nothing when the chance was there late last year. Also doing next to nothing were local MPs and councils in SE London, and Kent council blocked it. Compare that to the other side of the river. Politicians supported TfL taking over local trains and Hertfordshire council backed it. Now TfL will takeover in 2015 providing more trains, newer trains, staff at every station, and oyster extension. Southeastern will now carry on with few staff, short trains, poor frequencies like 2 trains an hour (TfL would have doubled all to at least 4 an hour) and no oyster at Dartford.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should read the article before commenting. "However, hopes of a takeover appeared to be scuppered last year after the Department for Transport delayed any decision on new franchises until 2018. " TfL can't take over any line until the franchise comes up. Also, I believe Bromley Council is quite happy with Boris taking over the lines - it means they might at last get a through link to Bromley North.[/p][/quote]Errr I did and it's wrong. Maybe you should do some research before commenting? As for the bit you highlighted - well it's wrong - "However, hopes of a takeover appeared to be scuppered last year after the Department for Transport delayed any decision on new franchises until 2018. " They didn't delay any decision - they awarded some franchise extensions and some changed. One of those changes was Greater Anglia lines coming under TfL control in 2015. SE did not and will stay until 2018. Bromley may say they support but it was token support. They and other councils, MP's and London assembly members needed to be vocal in public and in private. How many did that? Hardly any in public. Most didn't speak up at all. Wombles4000
  • Score: 4

5:54pm Thu 27 Mar 14

white rabbit9 says...

What's he up to?
What's he up to? white rabbit9
  • Score: 22

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