This would make it easier and quicker to travel, and support sustainable growth and new, affordable homes.

To do this we need to change how we plan and run the rail network. By viewing the transport network as a whole, rather than individual lines run by different companies, we have an opportunity to radically reshape the network around customers and communities, at the same time as running more efficiently.

London's population will rise to 10 million by 2030 - and from 15 to 17 million in the surrounding regions. Improving the rail network is essential to creating extra housing and jobs, as well as enhancing people's quality of life.

Rather than building new lines from scratch, we could redesign the existing services to reduce bottlenecks, free up more space on trains, and create direct connections.

Transforming the suburban rail network within and just beyond the southern London boundary into a single, integrated network would bring:

  • Predictable services, including consistent stopping patterns and intervals between trains
  • Better connections, with more frequent services and changing between services made easier
  • More room on the network, created by longer trains and relieving bottlenecks
  • Shorter journey times, supported by trains that accelerate and decelerate faster and have wider doors so getting on and off trains is more efficient
  • More reliable services, with simplified service patterns that reduce conflicts at junctions
  • Better customer service and experience, similar to the benefits of transferring services to London Overground, including simple fares, easy payment options and high quality customer information

Our strategic case

Our strategic case is an argument for change. We hope it will start conversations with representatives and partners in south and southeast London.

The case for 'Metroisation' sets out some of the action needed to address these challenges and support better journeys, new homes and access to jobs.

London's suburban railways

London's population will rise from to 10 million by 2030 - and from 15 to 17 million in the surrounding regions. Improving the rail network is essential to creating extra housing and jobs, as well as enhancing people's quality of life.

Our management of the suburban railways would bring:

Reliable, frequent trains

  • More reliable, faster and more frequent trains
  • Wider doors and more space to move around inside
  • Clear identifiable lines

Fairer, simpler, fares

  • Consistent fares across all services, so you pay the same whether your journey is on the Tube or rail
  • Refunds of the full single fare after delays of more than 30 minutes
  • Oyster and contactless payment extended to more areas around the edge of London

Modern, staffed stations

  • Staff at every station from the first to last train
  • Cleaner, brighter stations with modern facilities
  • New ticket gates to avoid fare evasion and improve security
  • More stations with step-free access and a turn-up-and-go service for all disabled customers

Information at every stage

  • An integrated TfL map of all rail and Tube lines
  • WiFi at stations so you can stay connected wherever you are
  • Personalised and relevant live information integrated into Journey Planner and Twitter travel alerts
  • Staff equipped with mobile devices to get you live information from the whole TfL network

Background documents

In October 2016 we presented a business case on rail devolution to the Secretary of State for Transport.

In September 2016 we presented a paper to our Board that summarised proposals we published in January 2016.

In January 2016 we published a joint proposal with the DfT that would improve customer journeys and support economic growth in the Capital and the rest of the South East. 

Government rail franchises

The Government held a consultation in February-May 2017 on a new franchise for rail services in southeast London and Kent.

We have responded to the Government's consultation.