Going Overground

The London Overground is being run as a rail concession rather than the more standard franchise. This article features an interview with the head of the London Overground Rail Concession (LOROL) in which he discusses how the concession operates. The concept of the London Overground is to bring together the main local overland lines that run across London as part of a single network. Until now, the lines were run by different operators as part of wider franchises and were known for infrequent services running through small stations. Transport for London (TfL) has made most of the initial investment in the London Overground project. The concession agreement allows LOROL to keep 10% of the revenue, with the rest going to TfL. However, LOROL must meet strict performance measures, with financial penalties if these measures are not met. Fares are set by TfL. LOROL plans to use TfL's investment to improve station safety, install smart card readers at all stations, offer more frequent services, buy new diesel and electric trains, improve track and signaling, and increase levels of passenger satisfaction. LOROL hopes that these improvements will lead to high ridership.


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  • Accession Number: 01100279
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 2008 11:03AM