BASINGSTOKE MP JOINS NEW CROSS-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP TO LOOK AT RAIL ISSUES

Local MP Maria Miller has joined a new cross-party Parliamentary Group to focus on rail issues, along with other MPs representing constituencies along the Wessex Rail Route.

Maria was elected as to the new All Party Parliamentary Group, alongside Ed Davey as Chair, and MPs Steve Brine, Alan Mak and Stephen Morgan. The purpose of the APPG is for MPs to work together to hold South Western Railway and Network Rail to account for performance on the mainline Wessex Route.

Maria said: “This new Parliamentary Group, with cross-party membership, will be a powerful addition to the existing work done to scrutinise performance by SWR and Network Rail, and together we will have an even stronger voice to call for the service improvements that commuters and other rail users rightly want to see. We will also be pressing for the full implementation of the Wessex Route Plan, including a flyover at Woking, to improve capacity on the mainline.”

“For the APPG’s next meeting, we plan to speak with Sir Michael Holden, who is leading an independent review of SWR and Network Rail, so that we can be clear on the steps being taken to improve performance and the passenger experience.”