Winchester MP Steve Brine has welcomed a 'major step forward' for late night safety at the city's railway station after it was announced the platforms will now be staffed until 11pm.
The MP held a packed public meeting, ASKSWT, back in November 2013 which gave rail users the chance to put questions directly to South West Trains boss Tim Shoveller. Among the issues raised were the lack of on-train wi-fi, capacity in the car park and late night safety.
Mr Brine said; "We've made progress on many of the areas needing attention with wi-fi finally coming online last year, a new decked car park and footbridge installed and vastly improved cycling facilities.
"Late night staffing however remained a key concern as passengers arriving back into the station late at night, especially women, said they felt vulnerable and wanted to see a much later staffing presence.
"I know it's not been easy for South West Trains to achieve this, particularly in a time of incredibly tight budgets, but it's really pleasing they have made what is a major step forward. I know my constituents, many who pay a great deal to use the trains, will be pleased to hear it and feel greatly reassured."
Pictured; Steve Brine with local campaigner Joanna Lewis and station manager Bill Marshall
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