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Late trains and crammed carriages give commuters “raw deal”

Following today’s news that rail fares have increased at twice the rate of wages in the past six years and passengers face a 1.9% hike in prices from January, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman (pictured right) said:

“I’m sure this will leave many commuters – particularly passengers on Southern trains – feeling they’re getting a raw deal as they wait for late services or board crammed carriages.

“That’s why we’re pushing hard for a boost in capacity and faster journeys as part of our efforts to support rail travellers and businesses, including pressing for the North Downs Line to be fully electrified, ensuring Surrey gets the maximum benefit from Crossrail 2 and looking at the possibility of creating a rail link to Heathrow from the county.”

The county council has backed Crossrail 2 since it was first mooted and is pushing for electrification of the last two sections of the North Downs Line between Reading and Gatwick.

In May, the authority announced a study to examine the possibility of a southern rail link to Heathrow.

Last month Surrey leader David Hodge hit out at the disruption on Southern Rail’s network.

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