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Video | Why Crossrail 2 could go as far as Guildford

A plan to extend Crossrail 2 out beyond the M25 to Woking and Guildford is being examined by Surrey County Council.

The local authority announced a study into the feasibility of lengthening the much hyped cross-London rail line.

The government earlier this year announced plans to safeguard from development a core route for Crossrail 2 from Wimbledon in south-west London to Tottenham Hale and New Southgate in the capital’s north-east.

Regional extensions have been mooted as far as Cheshunt in Hertfordshire and Surbiton and Epsom in Surrey.

But Surrey County Council believes taking the line further out to the commuter belt could boost the local and regional economy as well as freeing up space on the South West Main Line into Waterloo. 

Transport cabinet member Mike Goodman explained the proposal in greater detail in this video.

Surrey County Council commissions study into Crossrail 2 extension

London mayor Boris Johnson this week put former local government chief Sir Merrick Cockell in charge of maximising the benefits of Crossrail 2.

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  • A tricky one. Is Crossrail 2 to be a Metro, like Crossrail 1, or is it to be a regional system, like Thameslink? The Surrey CC proposals push it towards the latter. Thameslink faces some really big challenges in pushing multiple services from multiple starting points into a single cross-London tunnel. Crossrail 1 keeps it simple, with just two branches on each side. London Underground has (mostly) been able to get the train frequencies up to 30 trains per hour and beyond by keeping things simple. Surrey may well have a case, but they should remember that Crossrail 2 in its current shape will release train paths on the South Western main line that extra trains from Guildford and Woking will be able to use. They may well find that what's already planned will suit them well anyway.

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