Wrexham to London, 41 year late.

April 28th saw the birth of The Wrexham and Shropshire (http://www.wrexhamandshropshire.co.uk/), the operating name for The Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway Company which links Wrexham, North Wales' biggest town, to London for the first time in 41 years.

For residents of Walsall, the train stops at Tame Bridge Parkway offering a route to London without needing to travel onwards to Birmingham. Residents of Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton however will not be able to join the train as it will pass through these stations together with bypassing Birmingham International and Wembley .

This current situation is being challenged by Wrexham MP Ian Lucas who states on http://icwales.co.uk/ that he would press for restrictions to be lifted to particularly benefit from a link to Birmingham International Airport.

But he said Arriva and Virgin were keen to frustrate the Wrexham and Shropshire company.
“They’re able to exploit the franchise agreements they have with the government by objecting to certain aspects of the Wrexham and Shropshire service which could be beneficial, for example the fact we could have a direct link to Birmingham international airport. That could be a big boost for our companies in North-East Wales, which are multinational in many cases. It’s difficult to get to airports from North-East Wales.

The Office of Rail Regulation states that it could operate trains on condition it did not duplicate services and that Wrexham and Shropshire have the right to call at Wolverhampton, Birmingham International and Banbury but only to set down in the southbound direction.

Wrexham and Shropshire currently run five trains a day between Wrexham, Shrewsbury and London Marylebone and has no plans to stop at Birmingham International due to restrictions on what they would be able to do at the stop; not least one imagines due to the busy nature of the station.

The route map for Wrexham and Shropshire.

Wrexham and Shropshire website


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