Will Forster

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have written to South Western Railway asking them to show some community spirit and allow pedestrians through Woking Station during underpass works. The improvement works to the subway under Woking Station is to be welcomed – however, what is unacceptable is the complete disregard for the impact on the […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have come out in support of commuters who are facing more uncertainty following South Western Railways’ decision to introduce a new reduced timetable. South Western Railway are citing reasons of reduced passenger numbers and staff shortages due to a high number of Omicron infections.  The timeframe for reinstating normal […]

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Woking Subway to temporarily close for improvements

by willforster on 10 January, 2022

Woking Borough Council, in partnership with Network Rail and South Western Railways, will soon be carrying out maintenance to the Woking Station underpass. This follows a motion from the Lib Dems tabled by my colleague Councillor Liam Lyons last year, calling for the subway under Woking Station to be improved. The underpass will be closed […]

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My motion calling for the aggregate yard to be moved out of Woking town centre received unanimous support at last week’s Woking Borough Council meeting. The Borough Council will now use its best endeavours to encourage Network Rail, Surrey County Council and other organisations to move the aggregates yard to a non-residential location away from […]

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The Lib Dems and I have called on Woking Borough Council and other public authorities to move the local aggregates yard out of the town centre. The Borough Council has started work on a £115 million project which would transform the area around Victoria Arch.  The Council has already demolished much of ‘The Triangle’ of buildings […]

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Lib Dems get Woking Station’s subway improved

by willforster on 12 April, 2021

Following a request from Lib Dem Councillors, Woking Borough Council has committed to improving the subway under Woking Station. My colleague, Councillor Liam Lyons, got unanimous support for his motion during last week’s Full Council meeting.  The Lib Dem Group called on the Council to take advantage of the significantly lower numbers of pedestrians using […]

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Surrey County Council has agreed to move its headquarters to the former Cannon HQ in Woodhatch, in spite of objections raised by the cross-party group of Councillors responsible for scrutinising the move.  Last year, the County Council stated it wanted to move its HQ from Kingston-Upon-Thames to a location in Surrey.  The Council had originally […]

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The Lib Dems and I are calling for the annual increase in rail fares to be cancelled, a move which would save commuters in Woking around £55 next year and stop the cost of a Woking to Waterloo season ticket reaching almost £3,500. The call follows the announcement of July’s Retail Price Index – the […]

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The Lib Dems and I have succeeded in getting the Department for Transport to look into flexible rail tickets to help commuters getting back to work after the coronavirus pandemic. With traditional season tickets unlikely to be attractive for many commuters in the future, the Lib Dems have called on the Government and train companies […]

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The Lib Dems have revealed there were 11 incidents involving offensive weapons on trains or at rail stations in Woking since 2017.  9 incidents occurred at Woking Station, including 3 so far this year. My Lib Dem colleagues and I think the new figures show the utter failure of Conservative Ministers to keep people safe from […]

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