London Metro

The London Metro Division is an integral part of Railfuture's London and South East regional branch. We aim to be the leading independent advocate for the rail industry and rail users in the area.

Next meeting

The fifth in-person meeting has been arranged for Thursday 19th September, same time and place as before ie Alan Baxter Gallery, Front Basement Meeting Room, 75 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6EL. 19.00-20.30.

The final meeting for 2024, on the third Thursday of the alternate month, will be on 21st November.


Metro Division has started a bi-monthly newsletter. Read (or download) the first edition for June 2024,.

Our Rail Manifesto for London Elections 2024

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Our remit covers all rail services operated by Transport for London (TfL). We deal specifically with TfL services on the London Underground, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway, London Tramlink and Elizabeth line services. The Division also deals with campaigning issues on such topics as service development, fares, station facilities and reopenings, and accessibility.

And we work with other Divisions in the Branch on National Rail Metro services that cross the London Boundary.


We aim to become the main centre of rail advocacy for all TfL-operated rail services.

DLR extension to Thamesmead - TfL's public consultation attracted this response from us in March 2024.

One-Day Travelcards: see our article in May 2022, and submissions to Transport for London in May 2023 and to the London Assembly's Transport Committee in August 2023.

Liverpool Street station redevelopment - see our submission to the Network Rail / MTR / Stellar consortium in November 2022, and our submission to the City of London Corporation on the planning application in November 2023.

See Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's consideration of revised planning application for South Kensington station, including step-free access. Closing 26 March 2021. We had a presentation on the proposals and made representations to RBKC in February and March 2021.

Click View or download to see our 2021 Rail Manifesto for London, our message to Mayoral and Greater London Assembly candidates in May 2021.
See our response to the 2017 consultation on the new Mayor's draft Transport Strategy, and the final Mayor's Transport Strategy 2018.
Click View or download to see our 2016 Rail Manifesto for London, our message to Mayoral and Greater London Assembly candidates in May 2016.

West London Orbital - linking major suburban centres (eg in Barnet, Harrow, Hounslow, Ealing, and at Brent Cross, West Hampstead) around outer south-west, west and north-west London. This new outer orbital route could be achieved by linking existing heavy rail routes, like the existing orbital Overground network. With a new station at Old Oak Common Lane interchanging directly with the new Old Oak Common station on HS2, the West London Orbital has potential to be a significant feeder / distributor to complement the Elizabeth line. See our November 2017 response to TfL's proposed two new Overground stations - Old Oak Common Lane and Hythe Road. In April 2023 engineering design work started.

Bakerloo line extension via Old Kent Road to Lewisham. See Railfuture's responses to TfL's first (2014) and third (2019) consultations.

Gospel Oak - Barking Riverside: New electric trains, platform lengthening and electrification for the Gospel Oak-Barking line, and the new Barking Riverside Extension for which we made a submission to the DfT on TfL's application for an Order under the Transport & Works Act, in October 2016.

We have long supported devolution of franchising powers for London area services from the DfT to TfL. See our response to the joint TfL/DfT consultation in March 2016. It was followed by an open letter about the Great Northern inner services in September 2020.
On 28 May 2014 it was announced that existing London Overground operator LOROL would take over from Abellio Greater Anglia the Liverpool Street to Chingford and Enfield Town/Cheshunt services and intermediate stations from 31 May 2015. More information here: inner West Anglia. This followed the 9 April 2014 announcement that TfL had begun the procurement process for a fleet of new trains for these and other services in London - see new trains.

In March 2006 the DfT consulted on Proposals for the Mayor of London’s Rail Powers beyond the London Boundary. In response to a 2015 FOI request TfL said this: "I can advise that references in the Mayor’s Rail Vision 2012 to the ‘Mayor’s Wider London boundary’ do not relate to a prescribed geographical boundary but to the statutory limitations on the Mayor’s powers exercised through TfL as a functional body of the Greater London Authority. The Department for Transport’s Consultation on Proposals for the Mayor of London’s Rail Powers beyond the London Boundary may also be of interest and provides a map of this on page 14. In accordance with sections 141 and 142 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) sets out his policies for the promotion and encouragement of safe, integrated, efficient and economic transport facilities and services to, from and within Greater London. The Mayor’s Rail Vision 2012 supports the aims and objectives of the MTS. Additionally, section 15 of the Railways Act 2005 amended section 175 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 to enable TfL and the Secretary of State for Transport to enter into agreements in relation to National Rail franchised services in between Greater London and locations outside Greater London. It is this provision that allows TfL to agree so called ‘increments and decrements’ to National Rail franchise services, which may extend beyond the Greater London boundary. Consequently, references to the ‘Mayor’s Wider London boundary’ are not necessarily limited to the Greater London boundary but refer to the extent of the Mayor’s statutory powers which, subject to the provisions of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended), may extend beyond the geographical boundary solely in relation to the provision of public passenger transport services to and from Greater London. Some of our existing services already extend beyond the boundaries of the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London, for example, London Underground services to Chesham and Amersham, plus London Overground services to Watford Junction and now Cheshunt, as connections to these stations play an integral role in providing public passenger transport to and from the capital."

View or download An Enduring Legacy: East London Line Group 1990-2010, published in 2010 to mark opening the initial phase of the East London Line Extensions Project between Dalston Junction and New Cross/New Cross Gate, part of London Overground.

View or download The SoLLTA Story - Victoria to London Bridge 1867-1997, published by the South London Link Travellers' Association in 1997 to mark a decade since its formation after a public meeting convened by Railfuture's predecessor the Railway Development Society.

A number of Railfuture submissions in response to consultations and calls for evidence of specific relevance to London can be found under appropriate headings here.

Stay up-to-date with all Railfuture and other Events and key Rail Dates.

Catch up with other London & South East rail development campaigning news in the regional branch newsletters railse (quarterly) and inter-railse (monthly) here.

Take Part

We campaign for sustainable growth in market share for rail transport. Therefore we support initiatives which will improve the attraction of rail and create a successful, financially secure rail industry: sufficient capacity, efficient customer service, clearer fares, improved connectivity, faster schedules, network enhancements and improved competitiveness with other modes of transport. If you share these ideals please contact us. We welcome new members, and people to share practical ideas and to help put plans into action.

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London Metro Division: lse-londonmetro at railfuture.org.uk

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