Devolution to Mayor & TfL for more London rail franchising

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The Government consulted in 2012 on devolving decision making from central Government (Department for Transport) to regional rail organisations. In London the regional organisation is TfL (Transport for London). TfL already is responsible for major planning and management of rail transport – underground and surface rail (DLR & London Overground) but has no powers over the longer distance rail services that are also a significant part of London transport. There are strong grounds for devolving some of these responsibilities to TfL and the London Mayor to enable more integrated planning and management. However, accountability for TfL needs to be improved.