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Rail and tube

  • By Owain Mortimer

The railways are a vital part of London’s transport infrastructure, particularly in parts of London not well served by the underground. 70 per cent of all national rail journeys start or finish in London and Londoners make more rail trips per capita than any other region. The underground is an integral part of London's transport system, with 1.265 billion journeys made in 2013/14.

Our focus

We actively influence government and Transport for London (TfL) on rail issues such as the rail franchising programme and rail devolution agenda. We work closely with TfL to make a strong case to government on the funding of rail services in London. This includes securing the funding of smaller-scale improvements to the rail network as well as major infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, Crossrail 2, Thameslink and High Speed 2 that are vital to London's and the UK's future success.

We are working with boroughs to ensure the introduction of the 24 hour tube will be a success, and to make sure borough concerns about community safety and the night bus network are addressed.

Transport affordability

Together with Trust for London and London TravelWatch, we commissioned a study into transport affordability and the choices that low paid or unemployed Londoners make when it comes to journeys. Our report, "Living on the Edge" was published in autumn 2015, and more information can be found on our dedicated transport affordability page

Rail passenger experience

In May 2016 we submitted evidence to the Transport Select Committee Inquiry on the Rail Passenger Experience. In it we discussed the information provided to passengers durings their journeys, and made specific recommendations on improving platform information at interchange stations. We presented our proposals for a part-time season ticket in London, and called for improved on-train facilities in the form of toilets, power sockets and wi-fi in new train specifications and franchises. We encouraged greater use of technology to capture passenger views on their rail experience and called for a change to the culture of blame that characterises rail delays, which we are not convinced is in passsenger's interests. Our full submission can be read here.