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VIDEO: All the latest major news about Surrey’s roads with Tina Thorburn

Tina Thorburn, from the county council’s highways team, provides the first in a regular series of updates on the latest work taking place on Surrey’s roads. Featured in the video below is information about the major scheme at Runnymede Roundabout and the road and drainage works on the A22 Eastbourne Road, plus an early reminder to … Continue reading

Transport for the South East launches to transform travel and enhance economy

Leaders from across the South East have launched an ambitious new partnership to transform the transport network for the travelling public and businesses and to ensure the area remains a driver of the UK economy. Transport for the South East (TfSE) will speak with a single voice on the area’s transport priorities. It will devise … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader on savings and better deals

Surrey leader David Hodge used a meeting of Cabinet today to stress the need for the county council to save more than £100 million this financial year alone to balance the budget while also highlighting planned new contracts for carers that will see support provided to an extra 300 young people at no extra cost … Continue reading

Surrey unveils plans to cover Abellio bus routes

Plans have been unveiled by Surrey County Council to award contracts covering Abellio bus routes in a move that will improve services in some areas and save £700,000 annually. A report being considered by Cabinet on Tuesday reveals that nine bus companies are set to cover 22 services Abellio currently run or previously operated in … Continue reading

Surrey leader unveils new Cabinet team

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today unveiled his new Cabinet team. John Furey is the new Deputy Leader with Colin Kemp taking over responsibility for highways. Newly elected county councillor Tim Oliver will cover property and business services and Denise Turner-Stewart will oversee the communities portfolio. Below is a list of the new Cabinet … Continue reading

Walton Bridge used by 30,000 vehicles every weekday

With this month marking five years since work started to lay the foundations for the new Walton Bridge, it has been revealed that thousands more vehicles are using the structure than the crossing it replaced. Around 30,000 vehicles are using the £32 million bridge between Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton every weekday, which is 4,000 more than … Continue reading

Surrey leader urges Chancellor to make “firm commitment” to Crossrail 2

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to signal a “firm commitment” to Crossrail 2 in next Wednesday’s Budget. Last March the National Infrastructure Committee – the independent body advising the government on Britain’s long-term projects – urged ministers to prioritise developing the cross-London train line, which is set to … Continue reading

Snow in Surrey

With parts of Surrey seeing snow, a fleet of gritters has been out spreading salt on the county’s roads. Any residents affected can find information and advice on the council’s website. They can also get traffic updates on the BBC’s website while the county council is running a twitter feed to provide information on gritting … Continue reading

Upgrading North Downs Line will boost government coffers by almost £190m

  Fully electrifying the North Downs Line will boost the government’s coffers by nearly £190 million. Upgrading the train line, which runs between Reading and Gatwick through Surrey, will generate an additional £89m a year in corporation tax and an extra £97m annually in income tax. News of the potentially massive financial boost for the government … Continue reading

Gritters head out in Surrey

With temperatures due to plummet, the county council’s fleet of gritting lorries are set to head out on Surrey’s roads tonight for the first time since last winter. They will be heading out from 7pm after filling up from the council’s 16,000-tonne stockpile of salt. Ahead of winter, the authority filled more than 1,700 grit bins … Continue reading

VIDEO: Local influence can make a big difference – Surrey leader

David Hodge marked the fifth anniversary of his first statement as Surrey County Council’s leader by emphasising how local influence can make a big difference.

Surrey welcomes Transport Secretary’s action to tackle Southern problems

Following the news that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a £20 million fund to improve Southern Rail’s services, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman (pictured) said: “This is great news and recognises the frustration felt by Surrey’s commuters about the delays, cancellations and disruption. “Not only will the Transport … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Surrey Leader hits out at union’s week-long strike plans in Southern Rail dispute

Surrey County Council’s Leader has slammed proposals by the RMT union to strike for a full week in August. David Hodge, said: “It is completely unacceptable for the RMT to cause so much disruption to the people of Surrey with a week-long strike. “As a Southern passenger myself, I share the anger of Surrey’s passengers … Continue reading

Surrey leader’s Southern plea

Surrey County Council’s leader has made a plea for the disruption on Southern’s network to be tackled urgently. David Hodge (pictured below right), who is a regular passenger on Southern trains, has called for all those involved to work together to find a swift solution. He said: “As a Southern passenger myself, I fully understand … Continue reading

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