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Transport for London rail plans – Surrey’s view

Following today’s announcement of plans for Transport for London (TfL) to take control of the capital’s suburban commuter network from rail companies, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman said: “With four Surrey services among the top 10 most overcrowded trains in the country we welcome any plans that boost businesses … Continue reading

Minister welcomes case for Three Southern Counties devolution

Leaders behind the devolution bid for three of England’s strongest performing counties have outlined to Government how their plan would boost growth for the region’s residents. Communities Minister Baroness Williams heard the proposals for how East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex would work together to help tackle the congested road and rail network, pioneer new … Continue reading

Crossrail 2 could go to Dorking and should extend to Woking

Crossrail 2 could go to Dorking and should extend to Woking. Those are two key findings of a study for the county council examining ways to get the maximum benefit for Surrey’s businesses and commuters from the proposed railway. Plans for the cross-London line currently take in Shepperton, Epsom, Hampton Court, Chessington South and Surbiton … Continue reading

Set the alarm earlier – the rush hour commute lasts up to eight minutes longer than five years ago

Heavy rush hour traffic is forcing Surrey drivers to set the alarm up to eight minutes earlier than five years ago just to get to work on time. A 46-mile morning commute along A roads from Farnham to Redhill took an hour and 55 minutes on average in September 2010. But by this September, motorists … Continue reading

£300 million – the cost of fixing all Surrey’s roads

Fixing all Surrey’s roads today would cost nearly £300 million, the county council has revealed. That is the amount needed to get the whole of the county’s network into a good condition like the roads overhauled in the council’s Operation Horizon project. The estimated £294m cost covers work ranging from full-scale reconstruction to overhauling broken stretches on around … Continue reading

Surrey rallying cry for Crossrail 2

As Transport for London launched a consultation on Crossrail 2, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman said: “This train link is vital for commuters and businesses – not only will the planned railway reduce overcrowding, it will boost the economy in Surrey, London and the wider region. That’s why we’ve launched a study looking at … Continue reading

Cobham Chatterbus proving successful six months on

More than 6,600 passengers have used one of Surrey’s first community bus services since its launch six months ago. The Cobham Chatterbus, which is funded by partners including Surrey County Council, Chelsea Football Club Foundation and Elmbridge Borough Council, is designed to help local residents get to the shops, work, schools and train stations along … Continue reading

More than 180,000 miles of roads set to miss out on new fund

As car sales accelerated to an all-time September high, it was revealed that more than 180,000 miles of roads nationwide are set to miss out on a new highways fund – despite covering more than 41 times the distance of routes that will benefit. Today’s news that more than 462,000 new cars were registered last month … Continue reading

Train journeys record emphasises need for Crossrail 2

Following the news that London and South East passengers made a record 289 million journeys between April and June, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman said: “These figures are yet another reason why Crossrail 2 is vital for commuters and the economy. “With daily commuter numbers on the South West … Continue reading

New speedy charger as electric car demand accelerates in Surrey

County council deputy Leader Peter Martin unveiled a new speedy charging point as it was revealed that Surrey has more electric vehicles than almost every county in the country. It has been installed at BMW dealership Vines of Guildford and means vehicles can recharge in less than 30 minutes instead of between three and eight … Continue reading

Crossrail 2 vital for train network “unable to cope” with rising demand

Crossrail 2 is vital for a train network “unable to cope” with rising passenger demand, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member told a conference about the planned railway today. Mike Goodman told the event, which also featured London Mayor Boris Johnson’s Crossrail 2 advisor Daniel Moylan and Crossrail 2 managing director Michele Dix, that: More than … Continue reading

Surrey train services among most overcrowded

Following today’s news that four Surrey train services are among the most overcrowded in England and Wales, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Planning Mike Goodman said: “It’s a terrible feeling when a train pulls in already chock full and passengers have to pack in like sardines. “Such overcrowding makes Crossrail 2 vital. Not only will … Continue reading

Three southern counties bid for new powers

A bid to boost productivity and economic growth in three of England’s strongest performing counties was today submitted to Government. The partners in the Three Southern Counties (3SC), (East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex) aim to take greater control over their road and rail network, provide confidence in housing delivery, pioneer new digital technology and … Continue reading

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

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