Torbay MP Adrian Sanders had urged the Rail Minister to improve Great Western services in the South West.
During a Transport Select Committee hearing on the state of rail franchises in the UK with Minister Simon Burns, Adrian highlighted the uncertainty that stemmed from the postponement of the renewal of the Greater Western franchise, which covers services across Devon and Cornwall.
While other intercity services now have on board wi-fi, trains between the South West and London still do not, which puts the region at a disadvantage for business travellers.
There also remains no firm commitment to maintain direct rail services between Torbay and London.
Adrian said: “While the Minister continued to evade the question on whether to specify vital services in the new franchise agreement, which will come into force in around two years’ time, he did at least promise to consult with local communities on what their priorities are.”
(from a press release)