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Crossrail 2 plans backed by Surrey County Council

Crossrail 2 plans backed by Surrey County Council

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:57am 29th September 2015. (Updated at 6:30am 30th September 2015)

Surrey County Council is backing plans for Crossrail 2 after positive research into the train line.

It is revealed the proposed new service would significantly increase rail capacity in Surrey and Hampshire.

Crossrail 2 is described as the high frequency and high capacity rail line for the South East, that will run through London into Surrey and Hertfordshire.

Ahead of the Autumn spending review research into the benefits of the service has been done.

When it comes to Surrey and Hampshire it's found it could create almost twelve thousand more seats on trains from our counties into Waterloo at peak times.

Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said:

"Building Crossrail 2 would be the right move for the region and the country. Both Surrey and London are UK economic engine rooms and with the county's working population due to grow by more than 10 per cent  within 20 years, it's vital we boost capacity between the two to keep pace with business growth and reduce overcrowding."

"The publication of the new report follows the recent launch of the Crossrail 2 Growth Commission, which will help ensure the opportunities for regeneration, housing and jobs, that are made possible by the new railway, are developed to their full potential.

A public consultation will begin next month, providing more information about the scheme."