Maria Miller MP speaks in South West Rail debate

Local MP Maria Miller stood up for the need for improvements to Rail links in the South West last Wednesday in a rail debate called by Portsmouth South MP, Flick Drummond.

In the presence of Rail Minister Clare Perry and MPs from along the south west main line Maria highlighted how Basingstoke has the 10th largest employment base in the south-east, and noted how her constituency has had one of the highest levels of house building in the country for the past 15 years.

In light of this, Maria stressed the fact that the southern west main line has seen almost no significant investment since the 1930s despite having some of the most important towns and cities in the UK along its route: Basingstoke, Guildford, Portsmouth and Southampton among these.

Maria said: ‘We need to ensure that we have the right transport in place for not only business, but our constituents.'

‘This debate represents the continuation of an important debate for our constituents throughout the south-east, and I know from the Minister’s great work that we need to secure her undoubtedly important support.’

To read the whole debate, visit http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151021/hal…