Julian Brazier lobbies against London rail takeover

Canterbury and Whitstable MP Julian Brazier joined Kent Parliamentary colleagues in Westminster today to lobby Transport Minister Stephen Hammond against rail devolution.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, proposes that Transport for London take over some urban rail services, including services which terminate in East Kent.

Kent MPs have strongly lobbied the Minister who listened carefully to the case put forward against devolution of services and will respond to colleagues within a month.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Brazier said:

“While I’m a strong supporter Boris Johnson’s fine work in London, this is a rare occasion where we won’t share the same view.

“I’ve put my view to DfT Ministers and to Boris that a takeover of services by Transport for London would leave East Kent at the ‘stub end’ of the rail franchise.

“There would also be problems with accountability of TfL to Canterbury commuters.

“I look forward to what the Minister will have to say in the near future,” Mr Brazier concluded.