SWT – MP Reacts
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SWT loses out on franchise – Winchester’s MP reacts:
Speaking to Winchester Today within a few minutes of the award of the new franchise, Winchester MP Steve Brine MP said he was delighted with the switch: “Congratulations to First Group for snatching this key franchise away from Stagecoach/South West Trains. I’ve met regularly with both bidders over the course of the last few years and been impressed with the ambition First have shown for the service they can offer the public.
“Their undertaking to increase capacity – in spacious carriages – deliver wi-fi that works, a modern smart and flexible season ticket policy as well as new lower fares for 16-18 year olds are really exciting. I look forward to working with the team and will hold them to every word.”
The MP added he had already secured an undertaking from FirstGroup to work afresh on finding a long term solution to the parking problems at Shawford and Micheldever Station. “What we have now is a short-sighted sticking plaster and I’ve already been in touch with the team at First this morning to congratulate them and seek an early meeting to return to discuss both.”