Introduction of new rail fares following transfer of commuter services to TfL Rail
21 May 2015 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review
Transport for London has announced a new fare initiative for commuter rail out of Liverpool Street following transfer of service to the TfL Rail network.
Transport for London (TfL) and The Mayor have announced a new fare pricing strategy for key commuter rail services out of Liverpool Street once they join the TfL network at the end of May.
TfL claim 80 percent of pay as you go fares on selected routes will be lower with the remainder unchanged.
On Sunday 31 May, services currently operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, between Liverpool Street station and Enfield Town, Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters) and Chingford, along with services between Romford and Upminster, will become part of London Overground. The services currently operate with National Rail pay as you go fares.
From the same date, the stopping services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield will be run as TfL Rail in preparation for the introduction of Crossrail branded services in 2017.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “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: “We are very pleased to take over responsibility for these routes into and out of Liverpool Street and, over time, look forward to improving the services for the passengers using them.”
Stephen Locke, Chair of London TravelWatch, said: “Given that affordability of fares is a major issue for passengers, we welcome the lower fares which will come when TfL takes over these services and the fact that TfL concessions and discounts will apply. However, passengers will also benefit from the service improvements that have been promised which overall will give passengers better value for money and strengthen the case for further devolution of rail services to the Mayor of London.”