Local MP Caroline Dinenage yesterday supported MPs in highlighting the dire state of trains on the Portsmouth-London line.
The adjournment debate, raised by neighbouring MP Penny Mordaunt, focused on the use of substandard carriages by South Western Trains. The line faces major overcrowding, and carriages are too small to allow commuters to sit comfortably or move around the train during the journey.
Caroline stressed that these issues affect her Gosport constituents too. She noted that the trains were also used by “those who catch a ferry over to Gosport, which is one of the largest towns in the country without its own railway station”.
Caroline later said “I was glad to be able to participate in this important debate on the train service to the South Coast. My constituents already face transport challenges due to our peninsula location, and the terrible conditions on the South Western Trains make this an absolute ordeal”.
The Transport Minister, Theresa Villiers, confirmed that see would meet with MPs and look into the service on the Portsmouth-London line.