Sir George campaigns for better facilities at Grateley Station
28 Oct 2005
Sir George held a meeting at Grateley Station with Network Rail to discuss enlarging the station carpark, and improving pedestrian access to the station from Station Rd.

At the meeting from Network Rail were Frances Williamson, Public Affairs Manager, and Arthur Yarney, Maintenance Protection Co-ordinator.
With Sir George were County Cllr Pat West, David Wilson, the Test Valley Principal Engineer (Transportation,) Judith Cohen (Chairman of Grateley Parish Council), representatives from Over Wallop Parish Council and local residents.

"There is a growing problem around Grateley Station which the Parish Council is rightly concerned about. The carpark is often full, so passengers park in the nearby residential roads. This causes access problems for local residents and is also at times a safety hazard."
"The obvious answer is to increase the size of the carpark, enabling more people to park safely and travel by train, and taking the pressure off the local roads. The owner of the nearby field, Mr Stevens, was at the meeting and made it clear he was happy to co-operate. Unfortunately, there has been a game of pass-the-parcel within the railway industry and so no one is prepared to drive this forward."
"I am writing to the Secretary of State for Transport, asking if he will make it a condition for whoever wins the new franchise for South West Trains - currently being advertised - that they will expand the station carpark. The current position cannot be allowed to continue."

"We also discussed allowing access to the London bound platform from Station Road, which would be convenient for passengers who walk to the station from Grateley, and also for those dropping off or collecting passengers from that platform. Network Rail had a number of reservations relating to safety, which I will pursue. I am most grateful to all those who attended the meeting and am taking forward a number of leads."
Grateley Station
Grateley Station
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