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Welcome for longer trains

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment.

Surrey County Council has welcomed an announcement by South West trains that extra carriages will be added to rail services in Surrey.

The news comes just weeks after the county council urged the Government to help address an urgent need for longer trains, faster journeys and more platforms in Surrey, to reduce overcrowding and boost the economy.

Overall, South West trains will add an extra 48 carriages to their services, creating 2,400 extra seats a day on trains to and from London Waterloo at peak times. In Surrey, this will include three longer morning trains from Guildford and Woking to London, as well as extra seats on four evening services from the capital to Guildford, via Woking and Cobham.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “South West trains should be congratulated for providing longer trains and I’m sure commuters will be pleased to hear the news. Demand for rail travel is likely to increase in the coming years so the issue of overcrowding needs to be addressed.

“Good transport links are vital for the economy. We need to reduce bottlenecks and build more platforms at key junctions such as Guildford or Woking, as well as introducing the latest signalling technology. We’re developing a rail strategy to help tackle these issues and increase rail capacity.”

Key rail priorities outlined by Surrey County Council in a recent letter to Transport Secretary Justine Greening included:

* More capacity, faster journeys and reduced overcrowding
* Improved rail access to Heathrow Airport from the south
* Changes to the Gatwick Express so it no longer displaces commuters onto the Brighton main line
* The need for more train services from Reading to Gatwick Airport via the North Downs line.

ENDS

Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on 0208 541 7259.

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