Fareham MP calls for railway line improvements as line closes for nine days to carry out works

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AN MP has called for further improvements to rail services in the area ahead of major improvement works at a station.

Suella Fernandes, MP for Fareham, says that despite planned works by Network Rail - which start today for nine days - the Fareham line still needs improvements.

The Fareham line is set to be closed until October 30 with engineers from National Rail replacing nine sets of points.

South West Trains will also make various improvements to Fareham railway station which includes installing a new cycle hub, putting in a new accessible toilet and improvements to the station forecourt.

Miss Fernandes visited the station earlier this week and said: ‘Many people in Fareham have contacted me about issues on the Fareham line, including long delays and disruption to journeys which for people who use the service on a day-to-day basis, can impact negatively on their quality of life.

‘I have lobbied the government and National Rail for improvements to the line and it is great to see that they have responded.

‘However, there are many improvements to be made. The lack of proper disabled access in the Fareham area, particularly at Portchester and Swanwick stations, is a real concern, making it almost impossible for wheelchair users to use the services.’