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INTRODUCING express trains on the south coast would result in poorer services.

That’s the message from South West Trains in response to city MP Penny Mordaunt’s plea in parliament that the company should consider the change.

As reported, Ms Mordaunt said the company should run a half-hourly express service from Portsmouth to London Waterloo – which wouldn’t stop at lots of different stations on the way – during the week.

She believed the move would help to ease congestion.

But South West Trains said ‘disadvantaging’ customers at other locations wasn’t the answer, and there are constraints because of the high volume of services locally already in operation.

A South West Trains spokeswoman said: ‘Converting stopping services to express trains would result in a significantly poorer services for passengers travelling from other stations on the Portsmouth route, including Guildford and Haslemere.

‘We will, however, continue to work with the government on developing and delivering longer-term capacity improvement plans for the future as demand for services continues to grow.’