The leaked let­ter from Chris Grayling to Boris John­son

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

Dear Boris, Thank you for your let­ter of 17 April about the pos­si­bil­ity of TfL tak­ing on re­spon­si­bil­ity for a num­ber of rail ser­vices in the Lon­don area but out­side the Greater Lon­don bound­ary.

While I am gen­er­ally a great sup­porter of what you are do­ing in Lon­don, I would not be in favour of chang­ing the cur­rent ar­range­ments - not be­cause I have any fears over the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, but be­cause I would like to keep sub­ur­ban rail ser­vices out of the clutches of any fu­ture Labour Mayor. Ob­vi­ously, sim­i­lar con­cerns ap­ply over a fu­ture Labour govern­ment as well, but the con­tin­u­a­tion of the sys­tem we have at the mo­ment does at least mean that MPs and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties from out­side the Lon­don area would have a re­mit over train ser­vices in our ar­eas, which I would not like us to lose. I’m afraid we will have to agree to dis­agree over this one. With best wishes Chris Grayling

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