London’s mayor Sadiq Khan feels Southern Rail's time to depart has come and has urged the transport secretary to let TFL take temporary control of the franchise. the franchise has been suffering recently with many well documented delays and protests from disgruntled passengers. Sadiq feels that TFL could hold the best of most effective solution to get the route back on track in the short term.
London’s mayor has urged the government to let Transport for London take control of the troubled Southern rail franchise. Sadiq Khan said passengers were being “held hostage” by continued delays and disruption. Southern has cancelled more than 300 trains a day in the wake of staff shortages, illness and industrial action. It runs services from Victoria and London Bridge to Brighton, Southampton and many other centres in Sussex and Kent. It is part of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which includes Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Thameslink services.