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Surrey has slowest rush hour roads of any county in country

Surrey has the slowest rush-hour roads of any county in the country with average speeds dipping as low as 14 miles per hour, official figures reveal. During the morning commute, motorists travel an average speed of just over 22.5mph on Surrey’s A roads – more than 18mph slower than the county with the fastest roads* … Continue reading

Stanwell Moor gets new bus service

Residents in Stanwell Moor are to gain a new bus service which will make it easier to get to local hospitals, shops and the airport for work, Surrey County Council has announced. Passengers will be able to use the 446 bus to reach Ashford and St Peter’s hospitals and St. David’s Medical Centre in Stanwell … Continue reading

‘Don’t let new roads fund bypass Surrey’ – county urges Government

Surrey County Council has written to the Government’s Roads Minister calling for action to prevent the county’s roads missing out on a new highways fund. John Furey, Surrey’s Cabinet Member for Highways, wrote to Andrew Jones MP after the county revealed a new dedicated roads fund was not set to be spent on any of the … Continue reading

Study looks at extending Crossrail 2 further into Surrey

As London Mayor Boris Johnson today unveiled a Crossrail 2 growth commission, the county council revealed it has launched a study to examine the benefits of stretching the planned rail link further into Surrey. Proposals for the cross-London line currently take in Shepperton, Epsom, Hampton Court, Chessington South and Surbiton stations on its southern tip. … Continue reading

BBC interview with Surrey leader about airport expansion

Listen to Surrey County Council leader David Hodge telling BBC Surrey’s Jack Fiehn that investment in local infrastructure is needed before any new runway is built at either Heathrow or Gatwick.   Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Response to Airports Commission report

Following the release today of the Airports Commission’s report on expanding capacity, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman said: “While we recognise the economic case for expanding either Heathrow or Gatwick, we can only support expansion if it is accompanied by the necessary investment in local infrastructure and environmental issues are addressed. … Continue reading

Call for greater powers for the South East goes to government

West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey county councils will join forces to lead the call for greater powers and freedoms to be devolved to the South East. All three council leaders have signed a letter that has been sent this week to Greg Clark – Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – in … Continue reading

Chelsea footballers help to launch community bus service

Chelsea’s Premier League stars of the future have launched one of Surrey’s first community bus services. England youth internationals Jacob Maddox and Martell Taylor-Crossdale, and Swiss youth international Miro Muheim were on hand to unveil the Chatterbus, which will run daily between Cobham and Weybridge. Most of the funding to run the bus was provided by … Continue reading

Sneak preview of Epsom town centre revamp

The first artist’s impression has been published of a planned £3.3 million revamp of Epsom town centre to cut congestion and boost economic growth. Surrey County Council has released an image of how opening part of the town’s one-way system to two-way traffic could look together with a map showing other improvement work. It is … Continue reading

Minister signs deal to boost Surrey’s economy

Surrey County Council Deputy Leader Peter Martin was on hand to witness newly-appointed Minister of State for Universities and Science Greg Clark sign a deal giving Surrey multi-million-pound funding as part of a first step towards long-term economic growth. The deal was confirmed at the Farnborough International Airshow. For more information, visit the Enterprise M3 … Continue reading

Davies Commission boosts Surrey on airport infrastructure call

Surrey County Council’s Leader has received a crucial boost over Heathrow and Gatwick expansion after the Government’s decision-making body said it would look at infrastructure first. A fortnight ago David Hodge told aviation experts that infrastructure must come before any airport expansion. Yesterday, the Davies Commission confirmed to South East politicians that it will consult … Continue reading

Get in gear with the Reigate Cycle Festival

This year’s Reigate Cycle Festival will take place on Sunday 20 July, encouraging more local people to ditch their cars and get on their bikes instead. The festival, from 10am-5pm in Priory Park, is a family-friendly event including stunt demonstrations, expert advice on safety and maintenance, exhibits from cycling groups and shops, a large variety … Continue reading

Need for new Cabinet post before airport expansion is considered

Britain needs a new Cabinet minister for infrastructure before any decision is made on expanding Heathrow or Gatwick, Surrey County Council’s leader said yesterday. David Hodge told a group of aviation experts that there was a need to invest now in road, rail, healthcare, schools and housing if either airport’s plans are to go ahead, … Continue reading

Beat the Christmas rush with digital journey planner

A new online journey planner that helps Surrey shoppers beat the last-minute Christmas rush and even watch their weight is available from the county council. The real-time planner – which is available at http://www.travelsmartsurrey.info –; saves time, money and carbon emissions by giving the latest and best routes for driving, walking, cycling and public transport, such … Continue reading

More than 200 roadworks rejected in Surrey congestion crackdown

Council bosses have rejected permission for almost 250 inadequate roadworks in a fortnight since launching their new permit scheme. Earlier this month, Surrey County Council took control of who digs roadworks where, when and with whom. This will mean up to 2,400 fewer roadworks in the county every year, slashing congestion and saving Surrey’s economy … Continue reading

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