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Arup to develop Surrey rail strategy

Surrey County Council has today appointed consultant Arup to develop its rail strategy to help reduce bottlenecks and overcrowding.

The county is one the most densely populated in England with large commuter traffic into central London as well being close to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Arup’s study will review the county’s position on rail services and infrastructure, inform future rail consultations and provide evidence for funding opportunities. The strategy will from part of “Surrey Future” supporting economic development opportunities over the next 15 to 20 years.

The county is facing a capacity crunch in rail and the study will help look at ways to reduce the overcrowding.

“Our rail strategy will look at ways to tackle overcrowding, reduce bottlenecks and build longer platforms to cater for longer trains,” said Surrey County Council cabinet member for transport and environment John Furey.

“Good transport links are vital to the economic recovery. Surrey contributes around £28 billion to the UK economy, which is more than anywhere outside London, so it is vital this county’s rail network meets rising passenger demand.”

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