Ashtead Station Level Crossing

2015-07-28T13:24:22+01:00July 28th, 2015|Local Campaigns|

Network Rail have confirmed that there will be a delay of several months before they can start work on the level crossing at Ashtead station. Chris met representatives of the company on July 17th to discuss the problems. He said afterwards: “This is a very annoying development, though they have changed some of the switches […]

Epsom Hospital Update

2015-03-31T10:35:34+01:00March 31st, 2015|Epsom Hospital|

The Epsom and St Helier Trust, and its new Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles, have announced that they will retain Accident and Emergency and Maternity services at Epsom hospital for at least the next five years. In the meantime they will be concentrating on their application to become what is called a Foundation Trust, which basically […]

Backland Development

2015-02-11T14:59:10+01:00February 11th, 2015|Local Campaigns|

I have had a meeting with Reigate and Banstead Council about the issue of backland development in Nork. I am concerned that the scale of development in some streets is still changing the character of the area inappropriately.

The new national planning framework should give local councils much greater autonomy over local development, as long as […]

Epsom Hospital Update

2015-02-11T14:54:32+01:00February 11th, 2015|Epsom Hospital|

Firstly, you may have seen just before Christmas that the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group has run into financial difficulties because of work pressures in the NHS. In total it expects to have a deficit this year which amounts to about 3% of its total budget.

This situation probably sounds pretty familiar – we have seen […]

Southern Rail

2015-02-11T14:50:04+01:00February 11th, 2015|Local Campaigns, Transport|

I am, though, working as hard as I can to ensure that the problems on the Southern routes are dealt with as quickly as possible. The industrial dispute remains an ongoing issue. But it is not the only problem.

At the moment GTR, the train operating company, runs the trains, and Network Rail runs the tracks […]

Oyster Card coming to Epsom Station

2014-09-24T07:39:32+01:00September 24th, 2014|Epsom Station Zone 6|

I am writing to let you have some good news about the campaign to get Epsom into the Oyster Card area. I have just received confirmation from Southern, who run Epsom Station, that they have agreed with the Department for Transport as part of their new franchise agreement, that Oyster Cards will become […]

Epsom Station – Smart Card

2014-06-11T18:49:39+01:00June 11th, 2014|Epsom Station Zone 6|

Chris  and representatives from Southern Railway Ltd launched the new Smart Card, The Key, at Epsom Rail Station in May

Over the coming months the key will become available at more Southern stations and exciting new ticket types will be introduced. Take a look at what is available now on the Southern website and whether you […]

Epsom Hospital – March 2014

2014-03-18T16:44:07+01:00March 18th, 2014|Epsom Hospital|

The Better Services Better Value programme, which was the programme planning to reconfigure local hospital services, and was proposing the downgrade of Epsom Hospital, has been wound up.

I expect there to be continuing debates about the structure of hospital services in London, but there is now no reason for Epsom to be caught up in […]

Epsom Hospital Update – 11th November 2013

2013-11-11T12:05:52+01:00November 11th, 2013|Epsom Hospital|

I am writing following my email last week to let you know the result of the GPs ballot on the future of Epsom Hospital. I am very pleased to be able to report that our local doctors voted overwhelmingly to oppose the plans and as a result Surrey has now withdrawn from the Better Services […]

Epsom Hospital Update 4th November 2013

2013-11-04T21:28:37+01:00November 4th, 2013|Epsom Hospital|

You will remember that my Surrey MP colleagues and I carried out a ballot of local GPs in the summer which showed a majority opposed to the proposal by NHS doctors in London to downgrade Epsom Hospital. After a lot of pressure, the local Clinical Commissioning Group, which is the local GP committee that decides […]