While the county has a generally comprehensive rail network and a large number of rail stations, many services are at capacity and suffer from peak time overcrowding. According to the Department for Transport, Surrey has some of the most overcrowded train journeys in England and Wales. Not all parts of Surrey are well served by rail. Some towns have no direct connections to London and some rail connections to Heathrow and Gatwick airports are unsatisfactory.
To ensure that the county has the rail infrastructure needed for sustainable economic growth and to identify proposals for improvements that partners in Surrey can plan and deliver, a rail strategy has been developed.
The final version of the Surrey Rail Strategy was published in September 2013 following an extensive consultation process. Surrey County Council and partners will be working with the rail industry to implement the strategy and deliver an improved rail service for Surrey residents.
The Surrey Rail Strategy is available to dowonload below.
An Issues Paper has been developed based on information collected during the initial stages of this project. The Issues Paper is available to download below.