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Objections To Wrexham - London Link - 1413/3912
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 14th February 2007

Rival train companies have objected to plans for a new direct rail link between Wrexham and London (link below.)

Arriva , Virgin West Coast Trains and Central Trains have voiced objections.

They said they were worried about the impact on their own services , and the extra pressure on the rail network through Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Mystic Fletcher would humbly draw your attention to the link below.

Re: Objections To Wrexham - London Link - 1413/3982
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 20th February 2007

Here is a further link.

Re: Objections To Wrexham - London Link - 1413/5557
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 6th June 2007

The new service could be delayed amid concerns about the volume of trains running between Wolverhampton and Walsall (link below.)

The company is set up to start operating by December providing it gets the green light by July. But fears have now emerged the decision will be delayed because of queries and objections raised by rival operators and transport bodies.

The company had planned to run five trains a day to Wolverhampton on the way to London but Virgin West Coast objected. Instead passengers can board at Tame Bridge Parkway in Walsall , giving the borough its first direct link to the capital.

Rail Future is backing the scheme , but secretary Peter Hughes said the ORR had received complicated objections which could delay the operation until next year.

Re: Objections To Wrexham - London Link - 1413/7397
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 4th September 2007

Permission has been granted to the Wrexham , Shropshire and Marylebone Railway to run services between Wrexham and London (link below.)

WSMR has been granted a track access contract which will enable the company to run five each-way services on weekdays , three each-way on Saturdays and three north-bound and two south-bound services on Sundays.

The Welsh Assembly Government has agreed to help fund the development of a new depot for the service at Wrexham

Re: Objections To Wrexham - London Link - 1413/9371
Written by Lee on Thursday, 10th January 2008

The Welsh Assembly Government has confirmed the go-ahead for the rail depot in Wrexham (link below.)

Re: Objections To Wrexham - London Link - 1413/10248
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 20th February 2008

A second train service between Wrexham and London is due to begin running on a trial basis from December 2008 (link below.)

Virgin Trains will operate the once a day service - outward in the early morning and returning early evening.

The two-and-a-half hour service to Euston, via Chester, was in response to customer demand and more services could follow, said Virgin.

It will compete with Wrexham and Shropshire's direct service to London Marylebone which begins in the spring.

A Virgin spokesman said:

[quote]"It will be introduced on a trial basis initially but more services on weekdays and weekends have not been ruled out if the trial is successful."[/quote]

The firm said it had been looking at the idea for some time and the new service would tie in with the launch in January 2009 of an hourly service between Chester and London.

Re: Objections To Wrexham - London Link - 1413/10258
Written by Lee on Thursday, 21st February 2008

More in the link below.

Chief executive Chris Gibb said the Virgin Trains service will leave Wrexham about 7am. The return journey will leave London at 6.10pm. Journey time will be around two-and-a half-hours.

He said:


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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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