Where London Underground stations need to be built in Surrey – Get Surrey



The London Underground is arguably one of the best public transport systems in the world.

While there are plenty of things we’d change about it, there’s no denying it’s a relatively easy and convenient way of getting around the capital.

The system has been serving both locals and tourists since the 1800s and is ever-expanding.

But what we’d really like to see is it extend into Surrey – and given the number of commuters who live in the county, we think it’s a justifiable decision.

The Tube network currently has 11 lines, covers 250 miles and serves 270 stations, extending as far north to Epping in Essex, Morden in South London, Upminster on the London/Essex border and Amersham in the west.

The Elizabeth Line will add a stretch of 60 miles from Reading in Berkshire and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

The £18 billion route is expected to be open to passengers in 2021.

Yet in Surrey there have long been calls for it to extend into the county. The loudest of noises have come in Spelthorne, where for six years campaigners have petitioned for the area to be included in Zone 6 of the network.

Earlier this year, we asked SurreyLive readers on our Facebook page where they would like to see the nUderground stretch to, and it was met with nearly 100 comments.

Here are some of the most interesting choices:

Guildford

Distance from nearest tube: Morden, 23 miles

Likeliest line: Northern

Perhaps the most obvious choice saw a number of people clamber at the idea of Surrey’s county town having its own station. With Southern and South Western Railway trains taking around one hour and 45 minutes to reach Victoria station, it certainly would speed up the journey for commuters.

Though many had alternative reasons for wanting to see the tube enter Guildford.

The Underground in Surrey? Stranger things have happened
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One reader said it would mean she “won’t have to deal” with delays on another train service provider.

With more than 20 miles separating the town from the nearest tube station in Morden, it would take a lot of digging and, more importantly, a helluva amount of money for this to become a reality.

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Woking

Distance from nearest tube: Wimbledon, 19 miles

Likeliest line: District

Woking was declared as the county’s busiest station last year with 7.7 million entries and exits, so it’s no wonder some would prefer the option of jumping on the tube.

One reader pointed out “there is only one direct transport link into London from Woking, so add the tube, and improve the buses”.

Ashford, Staines and Sunbury

Distance from nearest tube: Richmond, 10 miles

Likeliest line: District

It was no surprise to see cries for some of Spelthorne’s busiest stations. Ashford, Staines, and Sunbury already have quick links to the capital with London Bridge, Victoria, and Waterloo all within an hour’s journey away.

A six-year campaign, backed by the area’s MP Kwasi Kwarteng and Spelthorne Labour Party, has called for Ashford and Staines to be included in Zone 6. Although this wouldn’t see a physical extension of the Underground, it would mean Oyster cards could be used from these stations.

However, as of yet, the campaign has failed to come to fruition and Staines and Ashford remain outside the zone.

Egham

Distance from nearest tube: Richmond, 12 miles

Likeliest line: District

New life is already set to be breathed into the town as it is currently in the midst of a renovation project that will transform the area.

Some 100 new homes, shops, restaurants, student digs, and an Everyman Cinema all form part of the Egham Gateway West plans to revitalise the high street — so what better time for it to have its own tube station too.

A new tube station in Surrey would certainly take a lot of digging
(Image: Transport for London)

The most obvious connection would see the 12-mile extension of the District Line from Richmond.

Leatherhead or Dorking

Distance from nearest tube: Morden, 15 miles

Likeliest line: Northern

The train route from Dorking and Leatherhead to Waterloo already passes through Vauxhall where you can hop onto the tube. However, with two years of South Western Railway strikes to contend with, it’s no wonder commuters are fond of the idea of a tube station in the towns.

Morden is the nearest at just 15 miles away, which would see the extension of the Northern Line into the Mole Valley district towns.

Other mentions…

Camberley, Liphook, Reigate, Chobham, Frensham, Ewell, Addlestone, and more cheekily a suggestion for the tube to connect to someone’s house and their nearest pub were also mooted as possible locations.