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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

Surrey trains among England and Wales’ most overcrowded

Following today’s news that two train services in Surrey were among the most overcrowded in England and Wales last year, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman (pictured) said: “Crammed carriages are the bane of every commuter’s life and these figures really go to show why Crossrail 2 is vital for passengers and … Continue reading

AUDIO: BBC Surrey interview with Mike Goodman about pressing for North Downs Line investment

Listen to county council Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman and Great Western Railway’s Regional Development Manager Tom Pierpoint talk to BBC Surrey about joint plans to push for investment in fully electrifying the North Downs Line. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Surrey County Council and Great Western Railway join forces to press for North Downs Line investment

Surrey County Council has joined forces with Great Western Railway to press for investment in fully electrifying the North Downs Line. The county council and rail franchise operator have agreed to use their collective clout to drive forward the case for upgrading the final 29 miles of track between Reading and Gatwick. It comes after … Continue reading

Late services and crammed carriages account for nearly half of South West Trains complaints

Nearly half of the complaints about South West Trains in a year were about late services and crammed carriages, it has been revealed. Figures from the Office of Rail and Road showed that they topped the 2015-16 list of passenger complaints to the franchise that covers a large chunk of Surrey. That was despite the share of … Continue reading

BBC Surrey interview with Mike Goodman and rail passengers on electrifying North Downs Line

Listen to rail passengers, county council Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman and Great Western Railway give their views on the enormous economic benefits of fully electrifying the North Downs Line to BBC Surrey. It has been estimated that upgrading the last two sections of the Reading to Gatwick like would generate 8,000 jobs … Continue reading

Electrifying North Downs Line will boost economy by almost £2 billion

Fully electrifying the North Downs Line will generate thousands of jobs and almost £2 billion for the region’s economy, Surrey County Council’s Mike Goodman told an event attended by the Transport Secretary. Patrick McLoughlin heard Surrey’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning call for the last two sections of the Reading to Gatwick line to be … Continue reading

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