Will Forster

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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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Woking’s ‘Triangle’ buildings to be demolished

by willforster on 24 September, 2020

Next week, work will start to demolish the ‘Triangle’ buildings just south of Victoria Arch on Woking’s A320 gyratory. This is the first stage of a £115 million collaboration between Network Rail, Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council to replace Victoria Arch and change the highway network south of the railway bridge. The scheme […]

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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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The Lib Dems and I have said the news that rail fares will rise by 2.7% in 2020 is a “kick in the teeth” for rail passengers in Woking.  The increase will leave commuters in Woking paying almost £100 more for an annual season ticket to London.  Under Lib Dem plans, the 2.7% increase in 2020 […]

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The Lib Dems have announced we will freeze rail fare increases for Woking commuters and season ticket holders for the next five years, while fixing the broken fares and ticketing system. A Lib Dem Government would cancel the 2.8% RPI rail fare increase planned for December 2019 and freeze Woking commuter fares and season tickets […]

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Petition against December’s Rail Strikes

by willforster on 25 November, 2019

Following the news that there are 27 days of planned rail strikes in December, the Lib Dems and I have launched a petition against the strikes. Members of the RMT will walk out for 27 days throughout December, causing chaos to commuters, to businesses and to people traveling for Christmas. I am urging commuters to […]

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