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 whether it should stretch further into the county.
“With the county contributing £35 billion to the UK economy annually and four Surrey services among the 10 most overcrowded nationwide, it’s essential we do everything possible to ensure our rail network meets rising passenger demand.
“Given that more than 130,000 Surrey residents already catch the train into London every day and tens of thousands more go in the other direction, I would urge everyone to take part in this consultation to ensure the county’s businesses and commuters get the maximum benefit from Crossrail 2.”
Last month Mr Goodman spoke at a rail industry event about Crossrail 2 boosting train network capacity. Proposals for the cross-London line take in Shepperton, Epsom, Hampton Court and Chessington South stations on its southern tip.
The council expects to publish its Crossrail 2 study next month. Crossrail 2 services could run by 2030 if the project gets government approval.