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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Visiting Molesey Lock

Last Friday, I visited Molesey lock. It serves a dual role, as an active waterway and a part of the wider system of flood management in the area. I toured the lock and was briefed by Andrew Pearce, Regional Manager and Matt Carter, Waterways Manager, Steve Bowlam, Molesey lock-keeper, and local volunteer, John Graham. With […]

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Roads and Parking

There has been progress on a couple of bread and butter local issues. Surrey County Council have agreed that the default position for smaller villages and parades, in their parking charges review, will be half an hour free on street parking. They will look at the evidence for each locality – and consider the case […]

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Investing In Our Roads

Today, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond announced £100 million extra to fix pot holes in England. The local allocations will be made in March, but this should be good news for Surrey. The state of our roads adds to transport costs, which weigh down local economic growth, and remains a high priority issue for local residents […]

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Prescott’s Legacy

One of the legacies of the last government is John Prescott’s disastrous stint in charge of planning. Whilst, the new government has made a fresh start – scrapping the South East Plan (with its arbitrary housing targets) and announcing plans to tackle ‘garden-grabbing’ and illegal traveller sites – it will not be possible to roll […]

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Funding for Walton Bridge

I was relieved to learn that the Treasury has approved the funding to enable the construction of Walton Bridge to go ahead. We face difficult decisions given the public finances, but this is an essential piece of infrastructure . Surrey CC made a convincing case for the project to proceed, and I followed up with […]

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Railway Ticket Office Closures

Today, I received a letter of support from London TravelWatch, the train customer watchdog, in response to my letter objecting to ticket office closures at Thames Ditton and Hinchley Wood stations. The full text, which is set out below, lists a range of other additional failings which South West Trains must address. We await their […]

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Stop Salami-Slicing Elmbridge Railway Stations

South West Trains are proposing to close Thames Ditton and Hinchley Wood Railway ticket offices on Saturdays. You can read, below, the letter I sent them this week: Ian JohnstonCustomer Service DirectorCustomer Service CentreSouth West TrainsOverline HouseBlechynden TerraceSouthampton SO15 1GW 2 March 2010 Dear Mr Johnston, RE: TICKET OFFICES IN ELMBRIDGE I was disappointed to […]

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