A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news…
Victims of domestic abuse who need emergency travel to escape to a shelter in another town will not have to pay for their travel, the train companies have announced.
Since the order to avoid going outside unless essential, and avoid travel, passengers numbers on London’s trains have plunged by 95 percent, while bus passengers are down by 85 percent.
Transport for London (TfL) currently has around £11.7 billion of debt, and that has now been put under review for a ratings downgrade by one of the three big ratings agencies, Fitch.
In the 1930s, the London Underground looked at extending the Bakerloo line southwards, and while most plans were modest, one looked at taking it all the way out to Dartford.
Two train companies, GWR and Southeastern have had their franchises extended after the government made a direct award contract to the two operators.
All Crossrail, and TfL construction sites are being shut-down during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Rail franchises are to be suspended for the next six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the train operating companies offered a London Overground style operating license.
As people are avoiding (in theory) travel and shops, TfL has announced that it will scrap rent on small shops that have space in its stations and railway arches for three months.
Train services across the UK will be gradually reduced next week, in part to reflect lower usage, and in part to preserve the service for critical workers.