On Wednesday 5th February, Theresa held a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament to highlight the issues Maidenhead constituents have faced since the introduction of the new train timetable in December. She also raised long standing problems including car parking availability at Maidenhead and Twyford stations.
Ahead of the debate Theresa May commented:
I welcome that GWR has committed to looking at providing additional fast evening services and improving service reliability however, I will continue to press for additional fast services in the morning peak and improvements to parking at both Maidenhead and Twyford stations. I do not agree that residents should have to use the slow, all station Crossrail services if they previously enjoyed the benefits of fast and semi fast services to and from London Paddington and still wish to travel on these. Furthermore, I do not accept the statement that the industry plan had always been for Crossrail to be the main service provider for stations between Reading and London. This is the first time I have seen such a statement and I will challenge it.
You can view a recording of the full debate here.
Following the debate, Theresa wrote to the Department for Transport and Network Rail to continue to highlight the concern from constituents. She plans to meet with Government officials and Network Rail in March to discuss these matters further.
If you would like to know more about the action Theresa has taken regarding local train services, please do not hesitate to contact her office.