New London to Shropshire train

By Sue Austin | Shrewsbury | Transport | Published: | Last Updated:

A new direct train from London through Shrewsbury and onto Wrexham is to be introduced by the First Train Italia Franchise company.

Owen Paterson

However the new service will not be up and running until 2020.

North Shropshire MP, Owen Paterson said the improvement in direct trains past Shrewsbury was a good first step to bringing a better rail service to the region.

Mr Paterson and Wrexham MP, Ian Lucas met with the new franchise operator, First Group PLC yesterday (tues) in Westminster.

"The company announced that there would be a new, three hour morning Wrexham to Euston service and an two and a half hour evening Euston to Wrexham service. And it has also promised new cleaner, greener, faster trains with better WiFi," he said.

"This is good news for the area. The Wrexham to Marylebone service was brilliant until it was killed of by opposition from Virgin. Now we hope that when the new train is introduced in December, 2020, people will use it.

"Driving down to London is getting awful."

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
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Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.


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