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New Southern Crossrail to make Guildford commuters lives easier

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 19th April 2016. (Updated at 6:28am 19th April 2016)

The daily commute for people in Guildford could be about to get a lot easier.

Changes are being made to the London Waterloo line.

A new 'Southern Crossrail' plans to convert part of Waterloo into a through station.

The project will allow for 160 trains an hour to pass through Waterloo.

The quick and simple alteration to London Waterloo will double its capacity.

It's all under plans for a new 'Southern Crossrail' by the Environmental Transport Association (ETA).

The project will avoid the jam caused by trains having to enter a terminus station and reversing out.

On four platforms, trains will continue on to London Bridge station via a short section of bridge.

The benefit to the economy from the £5bn Southern Crossrail is expected to be over £5.6bn a year, which means the scheme would pay for itself within 12 months.

Currently, trains from London's south east are separated from trains from London's south west, but Southern Crossrail would allow trains from Windsor, Guildford, Dorking and Surbiton to pass rapidly though Waterloo to Bromley, Dartford and Sevenoaks.

Chief executive of the ETA, Andrew Davis, said: "Crossrail is due in 2018 and Crossrail2 is planned for 2030, but we need more lines faster."

"At peak times Waterloo is at full capacity; the station already handles 100 million passengers per year and passenger journeys are expected to increase by 50 per cent over the next ten years."

"Southern Crossrail is an imaginative solution that will double the rail capacity and shorten journey times. Unlike Crossrail1 it is very inexpensive, and unlike Crossrail2 it can be delivered very quickly."

The project will support economic regeneration across London and the south east of England by providing the infrastructure needed to support 200,000 new homes and 200,000 new jobs.

The ETA is now calling for TFL to undertake a feasibility study.

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