“Cross-border infrastructure schemes are vital to ensure not only London’s economy strengthens, but Surrey’s does too”
13:21, 23 JULY 2015
BY JAMES WATKINS
The possibility of extending Crossrail 2 to Woking and Guildford will be assessed in order to see how the county could further benefit from the multi-billion pound project.
While Crossrail is a new tunnel being built to create better transport links in London, Crossrail 2 is a proposed new high-frequency, high-capacity line connecting the capital with Surrey.
Surrey County Council has now announced it intends to conduct a survey to assess the feasibility of stretching the regional Crossrail 2 route to Woking and Guildford, which would also include Walton, Weybridge, Oxshott and Horsley.
The council said its aim was to look at how the major infrastructure scheme could help free up the “overburdened” south-west mainline to London Waterloo.
The county council’s cabinet member for transport and planning, Councillor Mike Goodman, said: “Nearly 130,000 Surrey residents travel to London by train every day, and within 20 years, daily commuter numbers on the south-west mainline into Waterloo alone will rise by 25%.
“It means cross-border infrastructure schemes are vital to ensure not only London’s economy strengthens, but Surrey’s does too.
“We have commissioned a report to examine the possibility of stretching Crossrail 2 further into Surrey.
“It would look at extending from Surbiton out to Woking, via Walton and Weybridge, and adding a route from Surbiton and Guildford, serving places like Oxshott and Horsley, using the existing south-west mainline.
“Then we would use the findings to push forward with our work to ensure Surrey businesses and commuters reap the full benefit of Crossrail 2.”
Guildford railway station plans
Chris Blow, chairman of the Guildford Society Transport Group, said he did not see a Crossrail 2 link extension towards Guildford happening.
“I see the Woking to Waterloo [line] and then further west or south-west to Portsmouth being Guildford’s connection with the metropolitan system,” Mr Blow said.
“I don’t see the place of Crossrail in the context of Guildford.”
He said the society was currently waiting to hear how the Solum and Network rail plans to transform Guildford railway station would develop.
Proposals were lodged in January to transform the station with 450 homes, a 14-storey tower block, a multi-storey car park and shops, which were met with mass objections including from Guildford’s MP Anne Milton.