Londoners Hate Train Companies


Of course, nobody is a fan of the commute going to work. However, over a third of Londoners think that the situation on trains into the capital is getting much worse.

That is according to a new survey that was made by YouGov and City Hall, which also discovered overwhelming support for commuter trains in the capital to be handed over into the control of Transport for London.

Some 37 percent of Londoners said that they think that private rail companies including Southeastern, South Western, and Southern are worse than they were in 2016, with only eight percent agreeing that they were better.

The government had said earlier that it was against devolving power to the TfL. However, in a fresh rail strategy last month, its said that it would consider plans for possibly transferring some services into local hands.

The survey discovered that 61 percent of Londoners support TfL obtaining greater control, while 51 percent agreed that TfL taking over the commuter routes into the capital would be a positive move. Only eight percent said that they thought that it would have a negative effect.

It comes as Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, wrote to Network Rail regarding issues in December, which includes a line side fire which interrupted services to and from Waterloo for days.

Khan stated: “These latest figures are a damning indictment of the continuing failure of the train operating companies to provide an adequate service for passengers.

“Londoners are fed up of the repeated delays, cancellations and overcrowding getting in and out of London, and alongside problems with Network Rail, many timetables have become works of fiction for commuters over December. Growing dissatisfaction with the private train companies shows why a further hike in rail fares this January is simply unjustifiable.”

On average, rail fares will rise by 3.4 percent on the 2nd of January 2018, its highest increase in five years.