With the Flying Scotsman steaming through stations in Surrey tomorrow (12 April) on its way to London, county council leader Tim Oliver said:
“The iconic locomotive really does conjure up images of times gone by but we’re looking towards the future, which is why we back Crossrail 2, support a rail link to Heathrow airport from the south and want improvements on the North Downs Line.
“Not only would these give a boost to the economies of Surrey and the South East, they would benefit passengers enormously while also helping to ease congestion on our already overburdened road network.”
Crossrail 2 is set to serve Hampton Court, Epsom and Shepperton in Surrey. The county council has supported the railway plan since it was first mooted.
It has also been pushing for improvements to the North Downs Line, which runs between Reading and Gatwick through Surrey, and better rail access to Heathrow for several years.
People hoping to catch a glimpse of the Flying Scotsman are being urged to stay safe and off the rails. Timetable details can be found here.