December 2016 Update
Jeremy Hunt MP opened Haslemere's long awaited new station car park with Town Mayor, Cllr. Sahran Abeysundara and Cllr Michael Dover (see News Article for full story)
October 2016 Update
Network Rail confirmed at the opening of the new Farnham station car park on 25th October that works for Haslemere's car park were on schedule and the new car park would be completed before the end of the year....great news for the town.
January 2016 Update
Great news as 100+ new spaces announced for station
Jeremy Hunt MP, Haslemere Mayor Melanie Odell and former Mayors and local Councillors converged recently on Haslemere railway station with Arthur Pretorius, Customer Service Director for South West Trains, to celebrate confirmation from South West Trains that they will be providing more than 100 additional car parking spaces at the station.
Over the last two years Jeremy Hunt and his council colleagues have campaigned and have been working with South West Trains to formulate and agree an action plan that would provide the extra parking spaces needed by residents using the busy station.
Also, importantly the extra spaces and structure needed to fit in with the town’s vision and needs from an aesthetic point of view. The result will be a new, single decked car park that will provide more than 100 additional spaces. The new ‘deck’ will cover the existing car park, located adjacent to Platform 1 and will offer improved security with upgraded CCTV cameras and new lighting. The new car park is subject to planning and environmental approval from local authorities and would provide over 100 new spaces. Provided full permission is granted, work will start on the new car park over the summer and be completed by the autumn.
Whilst construction work takes place, the existing car park will need to be closed. South West Trains will be carrying out an extensive information campaign advising passengers of alternative arrangements during the works.
April 2015 Update
Jeremy Hunt, MP for SW Surrey has received confirmation in April from Tim Shoveller, Managing Director for South West Trains, that both Haslemere and Farnham train stations are listed in SWT's plans for the new car park spaces and that the rail company have sufficient funds to build a 'simple' car park at both locations to increase parking. Jeremy said, 'after having long and complex dialogue with both SWT and the Department for Transport, I'm delighted to hear that the hard work of everyone concerned has paid off and finally there we now have a firm commitment from SWT to increase parking at these very popular stations.'
Autumn 2014 Update
Earlier this year after months of discussions with both the Managing Director of South West Trains, Tim Shoveller and Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, Jeremy secured a commitment from the DfT for them to oversee a working party to explore the options for a multi storey car park in Haslemere and also a commitment from Tim Shoveller to include plans for multi storey car parks at both stations within his franchise extension deal which was due to be considered at the end of this year. However, in the last few weeks Jeremy has become aware of a possible delay in South West Trains extension being granted until the Summer of 2015.
Unhappy with the impact such a delay would have on his constituents still struggling to find adequate parking, Jeremy wrote in September 2014 to the Secretary of State impressing upon him the importance of establishing a deal with South West Trains by Christmas. Jeremy said, ‘there are a number of improvements which South West Trains are keen to implement in the area which are being held up pending the renewal of their franchise agreement. Such a delay will have a significant impact upon the rail company’s ability to make these positive changes, including plans for significant improvements to car parking facilities which are much needed. I am hopeful that the Secretary of State will take on board my concerns and look to establish a deal within South West Trains' existing agreement before the New Year and not delay plans any longer.’ The letter can be read in full via the news section of this website.
Autumn 2013 Update:
Further progress & Email Campaign Underway!
Jeremy Hunt has continued to work hard behind the scenes to galvanise all parties in favour of building a new multi-storey car park at the station in order to present a robust business plan to support it to the Department of Transport. Having had positive dialogue over the last few months with South West Trains and local borough and town councillors Jeremy intends to meet with Patrick McLoughlin in early January with the aim of securing the final go ahead.
Jeremy says, ‘Everyone is really hoping a multi-storey car park will end the nightmare of too many parked cars on residential streets. We have a good plan, but now is the time to get behind what the Town Council are planning so we can persuade the Transport Secretary to seal the deal."
For anyone interested in registering their support for the multi-storey car park at Haslemere Station, please email email@example.com
Spring 2013 Update
Jeremy has been in discussion with the Department of Transport over the last six months to further Network Rail’s plans for a multi storey car park at Haslemere station. There have long been calls for additional parking at the station as overspill commuter parking dominates the town’s roads causing difficulties for local residents. Network Rail have planning permission for additional spaces but are yet to secure the right sort of funding to make it a worthwhile investment. Jeremy hopes that a deal can be struck so that Haslemere can get the much needed car park it needs to help alleviate the pressure on the town’s roads.
He has been in regular liaison with Network Rail and South West Trains and met with Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin of the Department of Transport to discuss how he may assist with unlocking vital investment in the station. The Secretary of State for Transport and South West Trains have been discussing proposals further over the Summer and are due to provide an update on progress by late Autumn 2013.
Jeremy said: “Parking in Haslemere has long been a blight on what would otherwise be a pretty perfect place to live. Network Rail has a solid plan for a new multi storey car park and if the right funding can be secured then hopefully we could move many of the commuter cars back in to the station and end the nightmare on a number of residential streets. We had a positive dialogue to date with all concerned and I know the Transport Secretary is keen to see if a way forward can be found.”