Category Archives: Surrey News Updates

Outcome of South Western Railway consultation into late night and early morning services

I have received an update from South Western Railways following their consultation re late night/early morning services. Kindly read below:

Dear Nikki,

I am writing to let you know that following last Autumn’s public consultation into changes to late night/early morning services, we will be pressing ahead with the improvements on a trial basis from December 2020. As a result, passengers will benefit from:

  • More late night services on Fridays and Saturdays
  • A more reliable railway for everyone
  • Less overrunning engineering works

Although this will mean the withdrawal or retiming of a small number of late night/early morning services on Sunday-Thursday affecting around 400 passengers, by allowing Network Rail additional time for engineering work we will deliver a more reliable railway for the hundreds of thousands of passengers who travel on the network every day.

The full results of the consultation are available at:

Suspended – RMT Strike Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Thursday 12 & Friday 13 March

Notification from South Western Railway that RMT strike action has been suspended

Event: Climate Change Members Session

Earlier this week, I attended a Climate Change Members Session at Surrey County Council’s office. I tweeted a few slides during the presentations.

In this link, you can read all the slides from the presentation.

SCC Emergency contacts in the event of flooding

If anyone contacts you that they are flooding, we have put together the below emergency contact numbers for residents to use so they are calling the correct agency for their situation.

If there is a threat to life – call 999

If there is road flooding – call Surrey CC (Highways) – 0300 200 1003

If sewers and foul water are involved – call Thames Water – 0800 316 9800

If a main river watercourse is involved – call the Environment Agency – 0345 988 1188

If your enquiry is not urgent, please contact our team via

Information about derailment at Eastleigh on 28 January 2020. Tomorrow’s train service will affected

From: South Western Railway
Date: 28 January 2020 at 8:07:59 pm GMT
Subject: Information about derailment at Eastleigh on 28 January 2020

Dear Nikki,

Good evening. I’m writing to inform you that following a derailment of a freight train near Eastleigh station earlier today, customers have faced severe disruption. Unfortunately, this disruption is likely to continue into tomorrow morning.

The derailment affects around 5 wagons of the freight train and it will take some considerable time to re-rail the wagons and assess any damage to the track.

One line is currently open for services heading towards London Waterloo from Southampton, but a bus replacement service is in operation for passengers travelling in the opposite direction between Basingstoke and Southampton. Other services are being diverted via Cosham, although this will result in a much longer journey.

The derailment occurred in a key location on the mainline between Southampton and Waterloo which has resulted in severe disruption to services on our network. It was not possible to immediately remove the freight train as the RAIB needed to investigate the incident, as per industry procedures. Given position of the train, removing the wagons will require all lines through Eastleigh to be blocked. It is estimated that it could take around 18 hours until the affected wagons are recovered and removed. However, this process has yet to begin.

We are working very closely with Network Rail to ensure lines reopen as soon as possible in order to minimise any further disruption. We are sorry for the impact this is having on our customers.

Yours sincerely

Stakeholder Team
South Western Railway

Becoming a Councillor – information and events

SUBJECT: Becoming a Councillor – information and events

Dear Members,

We will shortly be hosting the first of our upcoming Becoming a Councillor events. Full details are in my e-mail below but to summarise the dates for these sessions are:

Wednesday 29 January 2020 6 – 8pm (Registration from 5.30pm) – Training Centre, Wray Park, Reigate and Banstead

Friday 28 February 2020 10.30 – 12.30pm (Registration from 10am) – Woking Borough Council Chamber

I would be grateful if you could circulate this information to anyone who you think might be interested – e.g. Political Associations, Residents Association’s, Parish Council’s, community groups etc.

I hope this information is clear but if you have any questions regarding the events, please do let me know.

Kind Regards,


Rachel Basham

Member Services Manager

Democratic Services, Surrey County Council

Surrey Police and PCC Engagement Events

Dear Residents Associations,

Surrey Police and the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner are holding a series of public engagement meetings from January 8 – February 2020, and would like to invite your residents to help promote and attend these events for the maximum impact in our communities.

See attached media release and link here to assets with the specific details of each local event, now being promoted by Surrey Police. Residents are urged to register for their local event using the eventbrite links here.

The meetings are a great opportunity for members of your Association and other local residents to get involved in the issues that matter to them locally, to hear about future plans in policing their neighbourhoods, and to consult on plans for the local council tax precept for policing in 2020.

A meeting will be held in every borough and district in Surrey, with presentations by, and an opportunity to ask questions to the PCC, a Chief Officer and the local Borough Commander.

Please could those of you who are interested please help to share these events using any social media and local contacts who may be interested in attending? There is a limited time before the first event so all help to promote engagement is much appreciated.

If you’re not already doing so, please do take a moment to follow @SurreyPCC for this and other news, including information on how tax payers money is helping us tackle crime and create a safer Surrey.

Please do contact me for more information or to ask questions.

Many thanks,

Communications and Engagement Officer

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Surrey Climate Commission event on 4th December

To: Nikki Barton <>
Subject: Surrey Climate Commission event on 4th December

Dear Nikki

Come and hear from the Surrey Climate Commission:

The Challenge Ahead (What we know already !)

Wednesday 4 December 2019, 16:30 – 19:30

At WWF Living Planet Centre, Brewery Road, Woking

Since our Launch in June we have been working hard towards creating a workable but ambitious pathway towards tackling the climate challenge that we all face.

In September this year we secured funding from Surrey University to start a Baseline Study aiming to provide robust evidence of where Surrey lies in relation to its targets now.

We now have interim results from this Study, as well as feedback from our recent Forums, so come and hear what these are telling us


Richard Essex

Chair of Surrey Climate Commission

Proposed amendments to some late night & early morning train services from December 2020

From: Andrew Harrowell
Date: 30 October 2019 at 7:52:00 am GMT
Subject: Proposed amendments to some late night & early morning services from December 2020

Dear Community Rail Partnerships

I am writing to you to let you know about our current consultation on the proposed amendments to some services from 13th December 2020.

The attached letter from Andy Mellors, Managing Director of South Western Railway, and Mark Killick, Route Director of Wessex of Network Rail, details why we are proposing these amendments. You can view the full consultation at:

I would appreciate it if you could share this with you steering groups and stakeholders.

Many thanks

Andy Harrowell

Community Rail Manager

South Western Railway