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 … Continue reading
Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Transport Mike Goodman has welcomed the overhaul of Southern’s train timetable, which comes into effect on Sunday 20 May.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport Mike Goodman today welcomed the timetable improvements made by South Western Railway after Surrey County Council worked with the train company on making changes. More details can be found in an SWR press release.
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 … Continue reading
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
Feel like you’re always delayed on Southern Rail trains? Well now official statistics confirm that suspicion – using the network has made you really late on the work commute once a week over a three-month period. New Office for Rail and Road figures reveal that almost one in 10 Southern trains were cancelled or delayed more than 30 minutes … Continue reading
As the iconic Flying Scotsman steamed through Surrey today, it was revealed that just a third of Britain’s railway network is electrified. Latest Office of Rail and Road figures confirm there are nearly 9,800 miles of routes in Britain, of which 3,275 are electrified. The electrified routes do not include around 29 miles of the North Downs … Continue reading
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
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
Oyster-style ticketing that can be used on all public transport should be rolled out across Surrey, according to the county council. The authority wants the company winning the next South Western rail contract to introduce a smart system that also allows passengers to pay for bus journeys. It comes after FirstGroup and Stagecoach, which currently … Continue reading
Following today’s news that a survey by watchdog Transport Focus found three of the six worst train operators for customer satisfaction nationally serve Surrey, county council Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman said: “These ratings show why Crossrail 2 is essential for the economy and commuters. Not only will the planned railway reduce overcrowding, … Continue reading
Following today’s announcement of plans for Transport for London (TfL) to take control of the capital’s suburban commuter network from rail companies, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman said: “With four Surrey services among the top 10 most overcrowded trains in the country we welcome any plans that boost businesses … Continue reading
Crossrail 2 could go to Dorking and should extend to Woking. Those are two key findings of a study for the county council examining ways to get the maximum benefit for Surrey’s businesses and commuters from the proposed railway. Plans for the cross-London line currently take in Shepperton, Epsom, Hampton Court, Chessington South and Surbiton … Continue reading
Following today’s news that four Surrey train services are among the most overcrowded in England and Wales, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Planning Mike Goodman said: “It’s a terrible feeling when a train pulls in already chock full and passengers have to pack in like sardines. “Such overcrowding makes Crossrail 2 vital. Not only will … Continue reading
Following a report by Network Rail about improving rail services from Waterloo, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Transport John Furey said: “It’s awful feeling like a sardine packed into a train carriage. These plans are good news for Surrey’s commuters and economy. They include electrifying the North Downs Line, more platforms and ways to ease bottlenecks, all … Continue reading