Surrey commuters are being given the opportunity to discuss “major” changes to train services as a new timetable is expected to be introduced in December 2018.
South Western Railway (SWR) has organised six public consultation events across the south east, including two meetings in Surrey.
The first is planned for this Friday (November 17) from 7am to 10am at Woking station and the second is on Monday (November 27) from 4.30pm to 7.30pm at Egham station.
According to a statement on SWR’s website, the consultation is a “major step towards the delivery of improvements to services”.
Events have already taken place in Basingstoke and Southampton, while others are also planned for later this month in Bournemouth and Surbiton.
The proposed timetable changes, which will be reviewed after the meetings, are part of SWR’s promise to deliver “new and better trains, more seats, improved service frequencies and quicker journey times”.
Andy Mellors, SWR’s managing director, said: “It is really important that we receive feedback on our proposals, whether positive or otherwise, in order that we implement a timetable which best meets the requirements of our existing customers, potential customers and the communities which we serve.”
But even though SWR said there would be 17 additional peak services arriving into London Waterloo every morning, some Surrey commuters have expressed their concerns.
Chertsey resident David Cordery, who commutes to Vauxhall during the week, said that under the proposals he would have to catch a shuttle service to get to work.
In a letter to the Surrey Advertiser, Mr Cordery wrote: “Addlestone and Chertsey appear to be getting a worse service under this new timetable.
“At present the train to London takes over an hour, but at least once you are on the train you know you are getting there.
“However, having to get on two or three trains, you are dependent on all trains running on time.”
Mr Cordery has encouraged other Surrey residents to review the timetable proposals and provide feedback.
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