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TfL set for suburban takeover


Pay as you go fare cut when services out of Liverpool Street transfer on 31 May

Transport for London is preparing to take over operation of suburban rail services out of Liverpool Street from Abellio Greater Anglia on 31 May.

Services to Enfield Town, Cheshunt via Seven Sisters and Chingford, along with the Romford-Upminster branch, will become part of the London Overground network, currently operated by a consortium of MTR Group and Arriva under the London Overground operating concession. Stopping services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield will be run by MTR under the name TfL Rail, prior to the introduction of Crossrail branded services in 2017.

TfL says that 80% of pay as you go fares on these routes will be lower following the transfer, as National Rail pay as you go fares are generally higher than those charged by TfL. Some fares will be reduced but will remain at a level consistent with National Rail to ensure the Crossrail Sponsors’ agreement and the Government’s fare policy requirements are adhered to. The remaining 20% of fares will be unchanged, while TfL concessions and discounts will also apply, including free travel for under 11s accompanied by an adult and over 60s with an Oyster photocard.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, hailed the benefits of the transfer, saying: ‘This is fantastic news for commuters, who won’t just be benefitting from being part of the wonderfully efficient London Overground network, but for many of them their fares will be reduced as well. This is a clear demonstration of why it is a no brainer for TfL to be given more control of suburban rail services, enabling more people to reap the benefits of rail devolution.’

The Managing Director of London Rail, Mike Brown, said: ‘Just as on London Underground, people will see staff at our stations at all times when trains are running – providing reassurance to the public as well as a turn up and go service for disabled customers.’

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