§ Mr. Pickles
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when work will begin on the creation of the integrated South London Metro Commuter Network. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
Work is proceeding to identify a phased programme, co-ordinated with franchise replacement, for implementation of the London Metro concept. A Steering Group, chaired by the Strategic Rail Authority, comprising the key stakeholders, including Transport for London, Railtrack, the Train Operating Companies, local authority and passengers representatives has been meeting regularly to take forward implementation.