Cllr Lib Peck and Cllr Jack Hopkins have written to the Rail Minister, Claire Perry MP, to urge her to hand control of South London rail services over to TfL. Overground integration is one of the key aims of the Streatham Transport Campaign.
The text of the letter is as follows:
Claire Perry MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
33 Horseferry Road
Monday 18 January 2016
Transfer of South London rail services to TfL
We are writing to urge you to use your powers to hand over responsibility for South London rail services to TfL. This is an issue we first wrote to you about in March.
The latest statistics on punctuality and passenger satisfaction show that Govia Thameslink, which operates the Southern and Thameslink franchises is continuing to fail passengers. Residents in Streatham, Tulse Hill, West Norwood and Loughborough Junction who use these trains endure services that are repeatedly, late cancelled and overcrowded. Govia Thameslink have the worst punctuality of any operator in the country. On December 15 just 44% of services were on time.
Last year we held a public meeting in Streatham attended by more than one hundred people. The area has missed out on several transport initiatives in recent years, has no underground station and by the standard of other inner London locations, has poor public transport connectivity. Residents told us that their number one priority was to see Streatham stations integrated into the Overground network.
Since then, we have launched a public campaign ‘Back on Track’. We lobbied the Mayor of London along with local MP Chuka Umunna, organised local petitions, asked Mayoral candidates from all parties to back our campaign and Cllr Jack Hopkins wrote to ask you to look at devolution of rail services (copy enclosed).
In light of the continued poor service and your meeting today with 20 MPs who represent people who use these services, we are writing again to ask you to investigate whether Govia Thameslink are in breach of their franchise. We would be grateful if you would let us know what powers, such as the exercise of break clauses, are available to the Department of Transport to step in and terminate their franchise.
Streatham residents are completely fed up by this poor service and we believe integration with the Overground provides an opportunity to transform the area’s transport links
We look forward to hearing from you.
Cllr Lib Peck
Leader of Lambeth Council
Cllr Jack Hopkins
Cabinet Member for Jobs & Growth