Now that The Rutland Group has been given the go-ahead to build 1,800 homes, (and another 800 in the Local Plan) at Dunsfold Aerodrome some of the Eastern villages are calling for the railway line to be re-opened.
Government plans could see the old Guildford to Horsham railway line reopened after a new transport strategy was announced recently.
Following years of debate on whether the rail route should be revived, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s latest scheme has paved the way for potential progress.
Fresh proposals mean councils can now recommend that previously culled stations be brought back to life.
Mr Grayling said plans to expand the network were made in order to aid housing growth and produce more jobs across Britain. So he must mean the Guildford to Horsham line through Cranleigh?
However, Bramley Parish Council recently conducted a survey of local residents regarding the possible future of the Downs Link through the village.
Nearly 1,400 questionnaires were circulated and there were 456 replies 33% were received.
Analysis of these replies revealed that if they have anything to do with there will be no rails going anywhere near Bramley!
NO SURPRISE – THERE THEN!
The survey revealed 70% were in favour of NO CHANGE to the Downslink – the former railway line route.
When asked about specific options nearly 50% were strongly against adding a railway and even more- 60%-were against adding a bus lane.
Views were more evenly spread on the two canal options with the Wey and Arun Canal canal, which begins in West Sussex, travels through Loxwood, Alfold and Dunsfold through Cranleigh, and onto Bramley, receiving slightly more support than objections.
Presumably, Bramley residents whose homes back onto the route of the canal are happy to have their des res’s down by the riverside! But not on the other side of the tracks?
Clearly, therefore, Bramley is against any significant change but this is probably no real surprise.
However, do the residents of Cranleigh feel the same? With pressure from all the new housing already consented, and more planned, the sooner, their views are known the better.
Perhaps Cranleigh Parish Council and Cranleigh Civic Society – now is the time to start asking your inhabitants what THEY WANT?