- London Rail
Infobox Public transit
name = London Rail
imagesize = 200px
began_operation = 1999
reporting marks =
operator = Various train operating companies
Transport for London
London Rail is an arm of
Transport for London(TfL), involved in the provision of passenger service on the National Rail" heavy rail" network within London, UK. The division is responsible for the London Overgroundnetwork, a rail service directly managed by TfL and run on National Raillines mostly within London.
Despite its name, London Rail is not responsible for the
rapid transitand light railsystems in London which are not part of the National Rail network. These are directly controlled by TfL's London Undergroundand London Tramsdivisions, and by Docklands Light Railway.
National Rail in London
National Railnetwork within London carries large numbers of commuters into London and also provides many local services, especially within South London.
Greater London Authority Act 1999Transport for London was given powers to consult with the train operators and as such London Rail is therefore more of an enabler than an operator, and has developed partnerships with the Department for Transport(who are responsible for rail strategy), Network Rail(who own the infrastructure) and the various train operating companies (who manage the services) in order to further its aims.
A pilot project was launched in 2003 to promote the various services provided by train operating companies in South London under one umbrella brand,
Overground Network. The scheme included station upgrades, signage and publicity, but promotion of the brand had ceased by 2007.
In November 2007, London Rail took direct control of the former Metro rail services of the
Silverlinkfranchise under the London Overgroundbrand. The lines, mostly in North London, are managed by TfL, with operation sub-contracted out to LOROL.
London Rail is responsible for the extension to the
East London Lineand is a source of funding for improvements to rail service frequencies and station facilities in the London area. The extended East London Line will form part of London Overgroundfrom 2010.
Mayor of London Ken Livingstonehad expressed the desire to gain control of all rail services in London in the future and make them part of the London Overground. cite news
title = London Rail Authority
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* [http://www.tfl.gov.uk/rail/ London Rail website]
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