Surrey calls on county MPs to back Crossrail 2
Surrey County Council cabinet member for environment and planning, Mike Goodman has written to all of the county’s MPs and requested that they join him in backing Crossrail 2.Mr Goodman has continued to highlight the huge potential benefits the service could have to both commuters and businesses: it could end up having a hugely positive impact on the local economy.
The proposed route of the scheme would be to connect National Rail services in the county to central London, with plans so far looking to take into account locations such as Shepperton, Epsom, Hampton Court, Chessington South and Surbiton.
Within the letter, Cllr Goodman said:
“Crossrail 2 is an exciting opportunity for both Surrey and London. Our county is a £37 billion economy, a driver of economic growth in the UK second only to London. For an economy like Surrey to function efficiently and grow we need world class infrastructure, such as Crossrail 2, and further investment in Surrey’s rail, road and other infrastructure networks.”
Cllr Goodman also recently made the suggestion that the new Crossrail could be named after Henry VIII, given his strong association with Hampton Court. He said:
“That said, contemplating another Royal connection for the proposed route connecting London with Surrey and Hertfordshire should come a long way down the track.”
“First we need to ensure that it’s full speed ahead for a project that will get an extra 270,000 people into central London during the morning peak and boost powerhouse economies in London, Surrey and the South East. That would be just the ticket.”
One of the major benefits for Surrey in general would be through loading the additional capacity and crowding relief for commuters travelling into London Waterloo, which remains one of the busiest stations in the UK.
The councillor made a number of other suggestions for areas that could also be considered worthy of extra services, including Woking and Guildford, both of which are popular commuter towns.