Gosport MP’s question over painfully neglected railway

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MORE cash should be pumped into the city’s railway links.

That is the message from Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage after she questioned why none of South West Trains’ £210m investment is on track for Portsmouth.

Speaking in the House of Commons Ms Dinenage said: ‘In light of South West Trains’ announcement that £210m will be invested in rolling stock and not a single penny will be used on rail routes between Portsmouth and London, will the leader of the house agree to a debate on the much needed improvements to this important route which has been painfully neglected for decades?’

William Hague MP, leader of the house, replied that a few evening peak services from London Waterloo to Portsmouth will be lengthened.

As reported, the rail firm was criticised after ordering 150 new carriages from Siemens and Angel Trains for its Waterloo to Windsor route and leaving Portsmouth out.

Ms Dinenage added: ‘While vast amounts of money are being ploughed into rail projects and route upgrades across the country, Gosport is still the largest town in the UK without a railway .

‘Commuters travelling between Portsmouth and London are still faced with a journey that takes longer than that from London to Doncaster, a distance that is more than twice as far.

‘I hope that the government will recognise the need to improve connectivity to the south coast and work with providers.’