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 and improve journeys.
“We’re already fully behind the Crossrail 2 project to cut overcrowding and promote economic growth and these proposals offer potential benefits too.
“But we need to be clear that any changes will increase capacity in Surrey and won’t have a detrimental impact on rail fares or passengers using services coming from much further afield, which is why we’ll work with TfL to ensure that our firms and residents see improvements as well as Londoners.”
A study for the county council found that there could be a case for extending the proposed Crossrail 2 line to Dorking and adding a route serving stations to Woking.
It also revealed overcrowding would be cut by freeing up space on the South West Mainline tracks for up to seven extra trains an hour.
Two trains from Woking were among the four Surrey services named among the most overcrowded in England and Wales by the Department for Transport.