South West Trains held a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons, along with their partners, Network Rail.
Sir George raised a number of issues with them, including the proposed Andover to Ludgershall passenger railway, and increased car parking at Andover and Whitchurch Stations. He also asked them about the introduction of paperless ticketing, in order to make travelling by train more convenient.
‘’So far as Whitchurch is concerned, I followed up the meeting which I held in July to ask about progress. The relevant land owner has been identified, and I have offered to approach them if there are difficulties in negotiating either access to the site or purchase of a suitable site. So far as Andover is concerned, South West Trains are looking again at additional car parking on the north side of the railway line, but this would need discussions with Test Valley Borough Council and Switch, if Switch were to vacate the site and release it.’’
Sir George made it clear that he had been campaigning for increased car parking capacity at railway stations in his constituency, and he was anxious to make more progress before the end of this parliament when he will be standing down.