MP bids for fast train service from capital

A South West Trains service leaves Havant station
A South West Trains service leaves Havant station
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THE MP for Portsmouth South is today launching a campaign in Parliament to secure a fast train service from the city to London and Southampton.

Flick Drummond is urging the government to spend money on improving the line at Woking, Basingstoke 
and Eastleigh to cut journey times from the present 1hr 40mins to travel 70 miles into London.

Today she will launch the campaign in Westminster Hall with a presentation to the rail minister Claire Perry.

Many journeys from Hampshire take much less time with commuters from Winchester – 66 miles from the capital – getting there in under an hour.

Mrs Drummond is to pitch for money from the chancellor George Osborne to get the project started.

She said: ‘The train service from Portsmouth Harbour to London takes as long as it did in Victorian times.

‘So I have called this debate because of this situation, but also I hope that we can find a route that helps not just Portsmouth, but other cities on the Solent and further west.

‘I believe that incremental changes to make journeys faster will take people off our congested roads and I very much hope it will receive a great deal of support from across Hampshire and beyond.’