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Kent MP Michael Fallon meets TFL over rail proposal

Southeastern train
Image caption Transport for London says the services to Dartford and Sevenoaks would be part of "a great network"

An MP is to lobby the government to ensure Kent commuters do not lose out if some of the county's trains are taken over by Transport for London.

London mayor Boris Johnson says routes to Dartford and Sevenoaks would improve if they are managed from London.

Michael Fallon met transport bosses on Tuesday amid concern his constituents in Sevenoaks could end up with a worse and more expensive service.

He told them he would not want slower services or higher fares.

"We'll be lobbying on the future of the next franchise for Kent trains and asking for reassurance that if this particular proposal goes ahead... that won't slow down longer distance commuters and that the fares will be kept under proper control because we don't vote for the mayor," the Conservative MP said.

Under the mayor's plans, responsibility for stations and services in several areas, including Southeastern's routes between London and the Kent towns, would come under the remit of his office and Transport for London.

Mr Johnson says Transport for London (TFL) currently run services of higher quality and lower fares than Southeastern.

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