River Thames Scheme Update

Plans for the River Thames Scheme, a major programme of flood defences and projects, continue to develop and we have already secured £250 million in funding. As a local MP and the Prime Minister’s Flood Envoy for the Thames Valley, I’m delighted the Government has committed significant funding to the Scheme, but further investment is […]

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SWT Consultation Response

The Department for Transport ran a consultation earlier this year seeking input on priorities for the next South Western rail franchise. My own response to this consultation as a local MP within the area concerned is detailed below.   “I write in response to the Department of Transport’s consultation over the South Western Rail Franchise. […]

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Network Rail – Egham Station Work

Local residents have recently been alerted to planned improvement works by Network Rail to extend platforms at Egham station to accommodate 10-couch trains. The work will take place from mid-July 2016 until early 2017 and is part of Network Rail’s 2014-2019 £40 billion Railway Upgrade Plan and £800 million investment in the Wessex Route. Network […]

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Brooklands Budget

I am delighted that Brooklands Museum, a local landmark and the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, has received £1 million from the Government’s Libor funding. Announced in the 2016 Budget, this award will fill the funding gap for the museum’s £8 million regeneration project to restore the Brooklands Aircraft Factory, which will include re-opening […]

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Network Rail Feasibility Study (Airtrack)

Network Rail has recently conducted a Southern Rail Access to Heathrow Feasibility Study to assess the viability of a new rail line serving Heathrow Airport from the South as part of the rail industry’s Long-Term Planning Process. Network Rail have stated that “the purpose of this study is to inform Government of the potential market, […]

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Flooding

Although the River Thames provides a picturesque and historic setting for our constituency, it has also caused much trepidation and suffering for local residents in recent years through serious incidents of flooding. The areas of Staines, Chertsey and Egham Hythe were hit particularly badly throughout the winter of 2013-14, with severe floods affecting thousands of […]

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St. Peter’s Hospital and the NHS

In this constituency, our NHS district general hospital is St. Peter’s Hospital. Originally built to serve casualties of WW2, St. Peter’s has been much developed over the years to provide the main acute services for the boroughs of Woking, Runnymede, Spelthorne and the western part of Elmbridge. I hold regular meetings with the hospital management […]

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Transport

Runnymede and Weybridge is home to many commuter towns and therefore good transport services are crucial to local residents travelling to and from the capital. I regularly meet with representatives from the local train service providers, including South West Trains (SWT), to raise concerns on behalf of my constituents to ensure they are getting the […]

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Schools

Every child deserves the best start in life. That means making sure there are enough school places for the children in the local community, and encouraging businesses to forge links with local schools to inspire young people and demonstrate the opportunities that are open to them. I am committed to improving educational facilities in our […]

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Charities and Volunteer Groups

I am honoured to be patron of several local charities and voluntary organisations, including the White Lodge Centre, which provides support for thousands of disabled children, and Egham Museum, which recently commemorated the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Although my ministerial role as Chancellor of the Exchequer prevents me from supporting to specific campaigns […]

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