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‘Thameslink service is so bad it should be taken over by TfL’ says politican

PUBLISHED: 14:17 20 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:17 20 April 2016

The Thameslink service should be taken over by TfL, says Sadiq Khan

The Thameslink service should be taken over by TfL, says Sadiq Khan

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The Thameslink rail service, which runs through West Hampstead, Kentish Town and King’s Cross St Pancras, should be handed to TfL, a Mayoral hopeful has said.

Labour candidate Sadiq Khan pledged to urge the government to transfer responsibility for Thameslink services to TfL at the earliest opportunity, if elected.

And Andrew Dismore, Labour Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden said: “Thameslink’s performance has gone from bad to worse since Govia took it over.

“People using Thameslink from West Hampstead and Kentish Town know the service is so bad that there’s a strong case for terminating the franchise, and this would be a good time for TfL to take over.”

Thameslink spokesman Roger Perkins said: “It is for the Government to decide how to operate rail services.

“We will continue to work our hardest to deliver on out commitments to this current franchise.

“Already we have introduced more night-time services to Luton Airport Parkway, via West Hampstead, but the work at London Bridge continues to delay services.”


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