Cobham Chatterbus

Cobham councillor, Mary Lewis, has been busy, putting together a local coalition of the willing to set up a new bus service for Cobham, Stoke D’Abernon and Oxshott. Elmbridge Borough Council, Surrey County Council and Chelsea FC have put £20,000 each towards the proposed new Cobham Chatterbus. Cargill plc have given £5,000, with local churches […]

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Walton Bridge Opens

Today, I joined the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, and various local civic leaders to open the new Walton Bridge.   It is tremendous that, at such difficult financial times, we are getting this infrastructure investment. The new bridge will carry 30,000 vehicles each day, a […]

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Are Fares Fair?

Yesterday, I quizzed the Transport Minister on the local service we get from South West Trains. I highlighted poor customer satisfaction ratings and overcrowding, against rising fares and the enormous subsidy local commuters pay for investment on other lines. I have to say I didn’t find the answers especially convincing. I think we get a […]

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Out with Local Paramedics

Today, I went out with a local ambulance crew from the Chertsey depot of the South East Coast Ambulance Service, which covers a geographical area of 3,600 square miles (Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, and North East Hampshire). I joined Critical Care Parademedic, Mark, and Paramedic, Dina – as pictured below […]

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Planning for the Olympics

I have had a number of emails and letters querying the local contingency planning for the Olympics. One line of inquiry concerned police coverage given their additional duties. I raised this directly with the Chief Constable, and received a detailed explantion of the planning that has gone into the local preparations. Part of this relates […]

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Ticket to Mars

Shortly before Christmas, I joined the Wood family (from Esher), as Andrew (currently at Tiffins Boys) won a national competition to produce a space science magazine, to be circulated in all UK schools. You can read Andrew’s winning entry here – the headline is Ticket To Mars. It is a fantastic accolade, and a great […]

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Oxshott Rail Crash – Review

Today, the Rail Accident Investigation Bureau (RAIB) published their report into the Oxshott rail crash which occurred at Warren Lane, on 5 November 2010. In a freak accident, a cement mixer came off the Oxshott bridge hitting a passing train. Two people were seriously injured, and five more suffered less serious injuries. It was extraordinary […]

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