Rail Services

Michael wholeheartedly supports the fight for a greatly improved rail service, and is working together with local Councillors to ensure residents’ voices are heard.
On 6 December 2017, Michael met Andy Mellors, Chief Executive of South Western Railway (SWR), together with Cllr Charlotte Morley and Cllr Mike Goodman. They discussed SWR’s new timetable proposals, and expressed to Mr Mellors the concerns that constituents raised, such as the cessation of direct services to and from London Waterloo.
Michael then wrote to Mr Mellors on 14 December 2017 to outline the pertinent points that many constituents have made to him. Mr Mellors' reply is attached below. 
Michael also wrote to the Rail Minister to ask him to do everything possible to help SWR preserve the vital direct connection to and from London Waterloo for his constituents and local businesses. The Rail Minister's reply is attached below.
SWR’s new timetable proposals also included faster journey times from Bagshot, Camberley and Frimley to Waterloo, which would be achieved by reducing connection times at Ash Vale.

In April 2019, following the Consultation, SWR reported that it decided to retain the direct peak services between Waterloo and Camberley, and would add an extra evening peak return service.

The new timetable was due to be introduced in December 2018, but was delayed until May 2019. Disappointingly, the proposed faster journey times were not implemented that May, and the existing timetable was largely rolled over.
More recently, Michael met Surrey County Council on 20 September 2019 to discuss securing improvements to the rail service, and wrote to the Transport Secretary and to Network Rail.
Attached below is the response of 24 October from Network Rail, which explains why the improvements proposed by SWR have not yet materialised.
In January 2020, Michael met the new Managing Director of SWR, Mark Hopwood, and also met the Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, in February, to press for a better service.

On 9 June 2020, Michael wrote again to Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, and to the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, to ask for further information on potential opportunities to improve the rail service from Surrey Heath. He received a reply from Andrew Haines on 25 June, and a copy is attached below. 


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Response from South Western Railway.pdf 213.41 KB
Response from the Rail Minister.pdf 198.95 KB
Response from Network Rail 324.96 KB
Reply from Andrew Haines of 25 June 2020 175.89 KB


South Western Railway Announcement

Fantastic news that South Western Railway (SWR) has announced that it now plans to maintain the direct services from Frimley, Camberley and Bagshot to and from Waterloo at peak times!

Michael Gove’s transport campaign steps up a gear

Michael Gove today spoke to representatives from First Group, the train company taking over the South Western Rail Franchise, to ensure changes were put in place to improve services for Surrey Heath residents.