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The Surrey Rail Strategy

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 download 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.

The range of options suggested to address the issues identified are summarised in an Options Paper (attached below).

The North Downs Line

The North Downs Line runs through Surrey between Reading, Guildford and Redhill. Improvements to this line were identified as a priority in the Surrey Rail Strategy. To help secure investment on this line the county council has commissioned consultants to develop a long term strategy for the North Downs Line, building on the work undertaken for the Surrey Rail Strategy.

The North Downs Line Assessment and background information on the North Downs Line, including data on population, employment, development and station usage, is set out in documents attached below.

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