Sir George has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, who is currently deciding who should win the South Western Trains franchise.
"I have asked him to take into account the willingness of the bidders to expand the station capacity at the four stations in my constituency - see below".
Derek Twigg MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DR 8 November 2005
South Western Franchise Consultation
Thank you for your letter dated November 7th about the above.
I have not as yet had an opportunity to look at the document on the website, but there is one issue which I think should be taken into account in deciding to whom to award the franchise.
There is a crisis of car parking capacity at the South West Trains stations in my constituency – Overton, Whitchurch, Andover and Grateley. I hope that, in deciding to whom to award the franchise, attention will be paid to the commitment which they give to address this capacity shortage.