A rallying cry has been sounded for people to support Surrey’s inclusion in Crossrail 2, which could have benefits across the South East.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson today launched a consultation into the new cross London rail line, which could increase capacity on the South West Main Line by up to 40% at peak times.
There are two options for Crossrail 2 being consulted on. One stays within London and the other ‘regional option’ stretches into Surrey, but would also have benefits for areas along the South West mainline, such as Portsmouth and Southampton.
John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, has urged people to support the regional option by taking part in the Transport for London and Network Rail consultation.
He said: “We must be included in Crossrail 2 because it will reduce overcrowding and boost the economy for both London, Surrey and the wider region. Both Surrey and London are the UK’s economic engine rooms, so it is vital we improve rail access between the two to support business growth
“Surrey has some of the most overcrowded trains in the country, with the 7.32am service from Guildford to Woking the second busiest train nationwide. The demand is set to rise with predicted increases in population and employment so it will be necessary to increase rail capacity.
“I would urge everyone to take part in this consultation to tell Boris Johnson, Transport for London and Network Rail that the regional option is the best way forward for Crossrail 2.”
The consultation runs from 14 May until 2 August 2013. People can take part by visiting www.crossrail2.co.uk.
Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on 0208 541 7259.
Notes to editors
Surrey County Council is currently consulting on its own rail strategy. You can find out more here.