Following today’s news of a 3.6% rise in rail fares in January and a train derailment near Waterloo bringing more disruption for passengers already affected by improvement work at the station, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman (pictured) said:
“With the current disruption of Waterloo services, I can see why many passengers will be feeling angry and frustrated, especially as they board a carriage already almost full to bursting or wait on a platform for a delayed train.
“That’s why we are continuing to push for investment in infrastructure like Crossrail 2. The work to improve Waterloo will only go so far to boost rail capacity and the planned new line will not only relieve the morning crush, improve connections and speed up journeys, it will drive economic growth in London, Surrey, the wider South East and way beyond.”
Crossrail 2 would provide additional capacity for up to 270,000 more people travelling into London in peak periods.
Plans for the cross-London line take in Shepperton, Epsom, Hampton Court and Chessington South on its southern tip.