Railway and Victoria Arch funding

November 28, 2018 10:00 PM
By Will Forster

Lib Dems welcome Railway and Victoria Arch funding

Will Forster at Woking station

The local Lib Dems have welcomed news that Network Rail has secured a budget from the Government of more than £2 billion to improve the South Western rail network that runs through Surrey and the surrounding areas.

The money will be spent between 2019 and 2024 across the route, which runs out of London's Waterloo station, and represents more than a 20% increase on the existing five-year budget. The funding will be focused on renewing and maintaining existing infrastructure to stop it failing, giving people more reliable train journeys in the future.

Significantly for Woking, this money will be used to finance the replacement and widening of Victoria Arch - which will complement plans announced in September by Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council to change the A320 just south of the railway line.

Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South, Will Forster, said:

"South Woking currently suffers from poor transport links to central Woking, Victoria Arch is completely inadequate for motorists, dangerous for cyclists and unpleasant for pedestrians. That is why I have been pushing for Victoria Arch to be replaced ever since I was elected as the County Councillor for the area in 2009 - so I am delighted that funding has now been agreed."

"As a regular commuter myself, I know first-hand that we desperately need more capacity on the railway and more reliable trains, so this commitment of funding is a big step in the right direction and should result in more and better train services from Woking."