Guildford Station Land and Rail Study

We are pleased to announce the completion of a comprehensive Land and Rail Study for Guildford Station.

The need for the study was originally identified in the Wessex Route Study 2015, however, Network Rail confirmed they would not be able to deliver it until 2024 so, to bring this important work for the town forward, the Council funded it.

The main aims of the study were to:

  • identify the platform and track layout requirement needed to meet the growth in passenger numbers to 2043 (the current Network Rail planning period)

  • identify the land required to provide the platform capacity and anticipated new rail services - including direct southern access from Heathrow Airport

  • identify the land required to provide for the current and future operational needs of the railway

  • identify the renewals requirements in the Guildford area and when they are likely to be delivered based on current planning

  • outline accessibility requirements at the station and assess the station and identify enhancements for an improved customer experience and to accommodate future demand

  • identify the opportunities for the efficient delivery of renewals and capacity enhancement schemes

  • provide a high-level plan for the phased delivery of enhancements

  • identify the land that is not required for future growth of the railway, or other operational usage, that could potentially be made available for residential or commercial development

The key findings can be summarised as follows:

  • there is sufficient capacity currently and a new platform will not be required until 2029

  • there is no requirement for a new platform to the eastern side of the station

  • one additional platform at the station will likely be required after 2029, but this would most likely be located to the western side of the station. Three potential options for this are proposed in the study

  • a wider footbridge will be required in the future to cope with anticipated passenger numbers

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Planning and Regeneration, said: "We are delighted to have invested in this important Land and Rail Study from Network Rail which will be vital in planning future developments in and around the centre of Guildford. The report also notes the potential for a significant area of land to be released to the western side of the railway station, which will provide opportunities for bringing forward even more housing on brownfield land in accordance with the Council's 'town centre first' ambitions."

Cllr Matt Furniss, Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, said: "This excellent study demonstrates that the existing infrastructure at Guildford Station is able to cope with projected growth in both population and rail services for at least the next 10 years, including the proposed new services to Heathrow Airport, thereby supporting the town as a great place to live, work and to do business in. The study also clearly identifies options for developing a new platform to the west of the station to meet demand post 2029 and suggests a number of important enhancements to improve customer experience, and we have a clear plan with network rail on demand and capacity to plan for rail provision in the town."

Published on Wednesday 20 March.