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Direct Surrey to Heathrow rail service on the cards

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Direct Surrey to Heathrow rail service on the cards

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:04am 31st May 2016. (Updated at 8:36pm 31st May 2016)

The journey to Heathrow Airport from Surrey could improve with plans to create a new rail link.

Surrey County Council is to launch a study to examine the possibility of a new line.

Today marks 70 years since the airport opened.

It is as around 9,000 people from the county work at the airport, but with no direct rail network more than three-quarters of them commute by road.

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman said: “Good transport links are vital for economic growth.

“Thousands of people travel to Heathrow from Surrey every day, whether it’s to go to work or fly for business or pleasure.

“But rail links to the airport from the county are poor and Surrey’s roads are among the country’s busiest. That’s why we have decided to launch this study, irrespective of whether Heathrow expands.”

A Network Rail report suggests there is a strong case for a new route to Waterloo, Guildford and Basingstoke.

Last year the authority called for a new rail service to Waterloo from the airport via Staines.

Improving rail access to Heathrow was previously identified in the council’s rail strategy as key to helping boost economic growth.

Surrey has already thrown its weight behind the Crossrail 2 project and called for full electrification of the North Downs Line for the benefits it will bring for commuters.

Farnham Train

Arup has been commissioned to write the report, which is expected to be published by the summer, and discussions are now taking place about the key areas it should cover.

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