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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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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