TfL Confirms Takeover Of West Anglia Rail Services

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 111 months ago
TfL Confirms Takeover Of West Anglia Rail Services

hackneydowns_030713TfL has confirmed details of its takeover of certain West Anglia services into London.

It's getting routes running from Liverpool Street station to Enfield Town, Cheshunt via Seven Sisters and Chingford, and taking over 23 of the 25 stations on those lines – Liverpool Street and Cheshunt will remain in the hands of Network Rail. So we make that (deep breath):

Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath, London Fields, Hackney Downs, Rectory Road, Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill, Seven Sisters, Bruce Grove, White Hart Lane, Silver Street, Edmonton Green, Bush Hill Park, Enfield Town, Southbury, Turkey Street, Theobalds Grove, Clapton, St James Street, Walthamstow Central, Wood Street, Highams Park and Chingford

that will be under TfL's control and benefit from planned upgrades, including station refurbishments, improved security, help points and better passenger information. Whether the trains will officially be part of the Overground or not seems a bit hazy; TfL says it will use "a private sector operator to run these services on its behalf" like the Overground, but doesn't call the new services the Overground, while saying reliability will be like the Overground. Confused? Just be happy.

There's no date set for takeover, but the aim is for it to happen some time in 2015. And anyone still hoping for similar changes for Southeastern, abandon hope: we've known for a while, but the latest Commissioner's report says "it has become clear that devolution to TfL of rail services in southeast London is unlikely for the time being".

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Last Updated 03 July 2013