AN express train should be introduced on the south coast’s rail network.
Speaking during a parliamentary adjournment debate yesterday, Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt said South West Trains should run a half-hourly service made up of 10 carriages during the week.
She said the scheme could be named the ‘Portsmouth Flyer’ or ‘Navy Express’ to symbolise a more ‘charming’ age of the railway.
The move, she believes, would help to relieve passenger congestion.
Ms Mordaunt said: ‘As an express it would not stop in the suburban commuter belt, and as it would be at the same times each weekday, Portsmouth residents could adjust their routine to catch it, thereby relieving the crush for suburban commuters on stopping services.
‘My constituents and I are realistic enough to recognise that whole-scale change is not going to happen, but there is a change which could be made in the short term which would do much to relieve the strain on south coast commuters.’