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VIDEO: Overhaul of Southern’s timetable welcomed

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.

VIDEO: South Western Railway improvements welcomed

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.

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 … Continue reading

Transport Secretary urged to confirm Crossrail 2 funding

With the Budget looming, Surrey County Council’s leader has called on Chris Grayling to “urgently identify the funding” to develop Crossrail 2. In a letter to the Transport Secretary, David Hodge describes Crossrail 2, which is set to serve Shepperton, Hampton Court and Epsom in Surrey, as a “once in a generation opportunity” to drive … Continue reading

VIDEO: Cabinet Member hits out at rail union’s strike plans

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Transport Mike Goodman has hit out at the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union’s plans to strike tomorrow and Thursday. The strike will affect passengers using South Western Railway and Southern services.

New train operator improvements “vital for passengers and businesses”

On South Western Railway’s first full day of operations after taking over running the train network covering much of Surrey from South West Trains, Cabinet Member for Transport Mike Goodman said: “With Surrey generating almost £40 billion a year for the UK economy and 130,000 residents going into London daily, this network is vital for … Continue reading

VIDEO: Southern trains make commuters late once a week

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

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 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

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

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

Flying Scotsman steams on as it is revealed only a third of Britain’s railways are electrified

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

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