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County council joins group pressing for investment in key rail line to London

A campaign to press for investment to boost capacity on the Brighton Mainline, which passes through east Surrey on its way to London, has been backed by the county council.

The authority has announced that it has joined the Brighton Mainline Alliance, which is a group of organisations and businesses spearheaded by the Coast to Capital local enterprise partnership.

It comes after chaos broke out at Redhill station last month because of an overcrowded rail replacement service and Network Rail got the go-ahead to make a business case for improvements at East Croydon station – one of the alliance’s targets for investment. Others include an extra platform at Reigate station and improved track layouts. Full details can be found in the campaign document.

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport Mike Goodman said: “We’re already championing Crossrail 2 to increase capacity on the South West Mainline and now we’re throwing our weight behind improving the overburdened rail line from Brighton. Not only will they both improve journeys for passengers, they will boost powerhouse economies in London, Surrey and across the South East.”

The Brighton line serves places such as Salfords, Horley, Redhill and Merstham in the county as well as Gatwick airport.

 

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