Surrey County Council transport boss John Furey has written to transport secretary Justine Greening urging her to improve rail services in the county.
The council believes there is an “urgent” need for longer trains, faster journeys and more platforms at railway stations. It particularly wants better access to Heathrow airport from the south.
The letter to Greening argues that less congestion and more trains would help businesses grow and stimulate job creation.
“Good transport links are vital to the economic recovery. Surrey contributes around £28bn to the UK economy which is more than anywhere outside London,” said Furey. “We’ve written to the secretary of state for transport to ask for support in addressing the demand for increased rail capacity, which would help Surrey further contribute to Britain’s economic recovery.”
Surrey County Council’s letter outlines four key priorities:
- More capacity, faster journeys and reduced overcrowding
- Improved rail access to Heathrow Airport from the south
- Changes to the Gatwick Express so it no longer displaces commuters onto the Brighton main line
- The need for more train services from Reading to Gatwick Airport via the North Downs line