Plans for an extra 200 places at railway station in a bid to "relieve congestion"
Hundreds of car parking spaces could be added to Farnborough Main railway station next year.
South West Trains is in talks with Rushmoor Borough Council about extending the car park at the station.
Work is due to begin in December, with the aim for the project to be completed by the end of March next year.
The new extension, which does not require planning permission, will offer around 200 extra parking spaces for passengers and would ease traffic during rush hour by separating access for buses and cars.
Tim Shoveller, managing director of South West Trains, said: “We are planning to increase the station’s car parking capacity to tackle the congestion problems.
“The existing access point for the main car park will be maintained for buses, priority parking and cars stopping for a very short period only.
“The existing small car park, with its separate road access, will then become the sole entrance and exit to all car parking at the station which will simplify the existing arrangements.”
Councillors have welcomed the plans and are liaising with South West Trains to ensure the work will cause minimum disruption.
Councillor John Wall, a member of Hampshire County Council representing Farnborough, said: “There’s been a lot of previous work done to the station over the last few years and they’ve made a very good job of it.
“As the station progressively gets bigger it needs the facilities to accommodate that and be able to cope with demand.
“We want it go as smoothly as possible so it doesn’t affect nearby residents and passengers are still able to park at the station while the extension is being built.”
Farnborough Main is currently the second busiest railway station in north Hampshire, with around 2.9 million passengers travelling from it each year.
A number of commuters currently have to find alternative parking nearby and walk to the station as they struggle to find spaces.
Ian Barefoot, of the Farnborough Railway Enthusiasts Club, said: “Having been a rail user commuting from Farnborough to London until recently, parking in the current car park during weekdays has been at a premium, both in terms of available space and cost.”
Mr Barefoot used various on-street parking areas during the three years he had to travel from the station because of the lack of car parking spaces, and said he often had a 15-minute walk to and from the trains each day.
He said: “To those who don’t have the time to seek such parking, I would imagine an extension to the car park would be most welcome.”
South West Trains, which is yet to finalise the cost of the project, hopes to move forward with plans in the coming weeks when more details will be given to the council.
Local MP Sir Gerald Howarth said: “This is excellent news not just for commuters but for residents who live in the vicinity of the station.
“Anyone who has driven down Farnborough Road in the morning knows how congested it can become, causing delays for local businesses and people trying to get to work.
“Train station users should have a better experience and the pressure on local residents will be relieved.”