Following its decision to seek a new operator to take over from South West Trains in mid-2017, the government has launched a consultation questionnaire to give local people the chance to have their say on our rail services and make suggestions for improvements.
The questionnaire covers a wide range of issues, from the overall priorities people want to see the new operator address, such as overcrowding, value for money, and reliability of service, to matters such as ticketing, the layout of trains and improvements to specific stations and journeys.
The consultation document can be read here, and the consultation survey completed here (the deadline for responses is 9th February 2016). I would encourage everyone with concerns about overcrowding and the value-for-money of our local rail services to respond and have your say.
I will submit directly to the consultation, and continue to push for action to tackle overcrowding and a fairer financial deal, as I have since becoming the MP for Esher & Walton constituency in 2010. But, the more responses the Department of Transport receives from Elmbridge, the better.
Although train services are of particular importance to Elmbridge, given our proximity to London and the number of people who commute daily for work, the South West Trains network covers a wide area, stretching as far as Portsmouth, Dorset, Somerset and even as far as Exeter and Bristol. Each of these areas will have their own set of priorities for investment and improvement, so it is important that we take this opportunity to make Elmbridge’s voice heard loud and clear.