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 130,000 Surrey residents commute into London every day, with tens of thousands going in the other direction
- Four Surrey train services are among the most overcrowded in England and Wales.
The Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning said: “As passenger numbers rise, the current rail network will simply be unable to cope. Given this and coupled with the need to plan for economic growth, we urgently need strategic transport.”
And he added: “We want to get the best deal for Surrey’s residents. You want the best deal for London residents. We don’t think that these aims are mutually exclusive.”
The conference at The Building Centre, which examined the benefits of the planned railway, was organised by Transport for London and Network Rail.
Mr Goodman’s speech can be read in full by clicking the link below.