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Surrey trains among England and Wales’ most overcrowded

Following today’s news that two train services in Surrey were among the most overcrowded in England and Wales last year, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman (pictured) said:

“Crammed carriages are the bane of every commuter’s life and these figures really go to show why Crossrail 2 is vital for passengers and businesses alongside fully electrifying the North Downs Line.

“Not only will they be just the ticket for relieving the morning and evening stampede on our already overburdened trains, they will provide the platform to keep the powerhouse economies of London, Surrey and the rest of the South East growing.

“With Surrey alone generating more than £37 billion for the UK economy annually and passenger numbers forecast to rise 40% by 2043, it’s essential we do everything possible to ensure our rail network stays on track to meet rising demand.”

South West Trains’ Woking to Waterloo and Alton to Waterloo services feature in the Department for Transport’s list of most overcrowded trains last spring.

The Woking to Waterloo train is joined by the service from Southampton to Waterloo in the autumn list.

The council has championed Crossrail 2 from the start and joined forced with Great Western Railway last month to press for investment in electrifying the last 29 miles of the North Downs Line.

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