Strike called off

Contrary to our previous story, the planned walk out by ASLEF and RMT drivers this Friday and Monday has been postponed.

Read more on the BBC News website...

Train strike still on for Friday and Monday

SWT plan to lay on special service during ASLEF / RMT action for September 8th and 11th.

The dispute centres over disagreement over the use of taxis by Waterloo based drivers and the alleged unsafe use of managers to drive trains during previous industrial action. Talks remain in deadlock.

A special train service manned by SWT managers will run from Hampton Court to London Waterloo via Surbiton. No trains will be stopping at Berrlyands station.

SWT's proposed Surbiton timetable (PDF)

Ice and leaves nearly caused train smash

Network Rail report comes to conclusion over last November's red light over-shoot.

Surbiton Station in top ten crime report

A London Assembly transport committee rates station as 7th worst in Greater London.

The report listed the highest crime levels for 20 London stations outside Zone 1 ranking Surbiton Station as the seventh highest with 166 reported crimes, covering mugging, robberies, sexual assaults, vandalism and graffiti.

However, a SWT spokesman said the figures needed to be put into context, stating that the station handles over five and half million passengers a year and contradicts the Rail Station of the Year Award announced for 2005.

Read more in the Surrey Comet...

Train driver error ruled out for Surbiton near miss

Black box analysis reveals driver and signalman acted promptly to unknown safety failure.

An early morning commute nearly ended in disaster as a potential major collision was averted on November 25. Exasperated by bad weather, an as yet unknown technical fault meant that the 5.44 from Alton to Waterloo skidded through two red signals before coming to rest less than 300 metres from another train. A high-level enquiry into the incident is now underway.

The evening of the same day, severe delays for homeward commuters was caused by an earlier suicide at Hampton Court Junction.

Read more in The Hersham News and Mail, BBC News and The Sun...

Gang mugging at Surbiton Station

Teenagers rob late night commuter.

A 23 year-old man was beaten by a gang of youths outside the station at 1 o' clock in the morning last Friday.
After punching and leaving the man bleeding outside the station, the five attackers made off with his mobile phone, wallet, keys and jacket.

The main suspect is describes as being around 15 years old, 5 foot 5 inches tall and white, wearing sports wear. Police are asking for any information on 020 8247 4945.

Read more in The Kingston Guardian...

Major rail engineering work this Saturday

All lines through Surbiton will be closed until 'late morning'.

Work on the St. Mark's Hill railway bridge widening is set to cause more travel chaos this weekend with rail closures in both directions from Surbiton station.

Rail travellers from Berrylands are advised to catch the K2 bus to either Tolworth or Surbiton stations depending on their destination.

This doesn't bode well for this year's Surbiton Festival.

Read more at South West Trains' website or check's live station departure board...

Chaos as Ewell Road is closed to traffic

Massive steel beams needed by the railway bridge widening works block access to St. Mark's Hill junction.

The widened road bridge is intended to improve traffic flow from Kingston to the M25, but as the final stages of installation take place, the inevitable snarl-ups are happening. Six 100 foot beams are being places across the railway cutting over September.

Date Work
23, 24, 25 and 26 September Ewell Road, Surbiton Hill Road, St. Mark's Hill and Lamberts Road will all be closed for three days, from 10am on Friday 23 September until 6.00am on Monday 26 September 2005.
26 and 27 September Ewell Road will close each night between 10pm and 7.30am.

View the current traffic conditions with Surbiton Web Cams...

Surbiton Station wins Award

London Transport have named Surbiton Station 'Rail Station of The Year'.

The award was presented to Kingston Council at a dinner attended by over 600 people last Wednesday. Other finalists included the London Borough of Bromley and Chiltern Railways.

Surbiton received special attention for it's recent improvements for cyclist and pedestrian.

Read more at the Kingston Borough Council website and The Kingston Guardian...

Anger at new train times

Though announced as being better for Surbiton commuters, many passengers are angry today after new South West Trains timetables come into effect.

Late trains and short carriages greeted Surbiton train travellers this morning. Though the real cause is unclear, many are blaming South West Trains' radical new scheduling that introduced massive changes. The new timetables will actually add more services stopping a Surbiton, but this was little consolation for disillusioned passengers waiting on cold platforms this morning. Some trains even carried extra transport police officers to deter threats of revolt from commuters.

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