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The Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway proposes new train services to link North Wales, Shropshire and London


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Wrexham & Shropshire

The Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway proposes new train services to link North Wales, Shropshire and London
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date
31 January 2006
source Wrexham & Shropshire
type Press release

note PR04007


Renaissance Trains – the company that successfully promoted Hull Trains – is joining forces with Laing Rail – owners of the Chiltern Railway franchise – to form the Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway Company (WSMR) and to promote new long distance rail services between Wrexham, Shrewsbury, Telford and London, a line of route not currently served by through trains. Negotiations have been going on with Network Rail for some time and the company expects to sign a Track Access Agreement to run up to five trains a day in each direction starting in 2007.

WSMR will use modern diesel trains, which it will operate between Wrexham, Shropshire and London’s Marylebone station providing excellent access to all parts of the capital via London Underground. Trains will serve Shrewsbury, Telford, Cosford and Wolverhampton and – subject to discussions the company will be having with interested groups in Wales – run to and from Wrexham in North Wales, calling additionally at Ruabon, Chirk and Gobowen (for Oswestry). The journey time between Shrewsbury and London will be a little over two and a half hours and the trains will serve business and leisure needs, including weekend operations.

The journey time to Wrexham is expected to be around three and a half hours. Trains will carry buffets, will be crewed with locally recruited personnel and comprise both reservable first and standard accommodation.

NOTES FOR EDITORS
The promoter of the new service is Renaissance Trains Limited, the majority shareholders in which are Mike Jones (a management consultant in railways, a Director of Hull Trains and formerly a senior director within British Rail); John Nelson (a director of several rail companies and a former Managing Director of British Rail’s Network South East) and Peter Wilkinson (Managing Director of the railway consultancy, First Class Partnerships).

Laing Rail, which will provide the main operating expertise, is a subsidiary of Laing plc whose other rail interests include the acclaimed Chiltern franchise, Laing Rail Projects, M40 Trains and an infrastructure concession for part of the Docklands Light Railway in London. Laing Rail has close ties with the West Midlands where it has recently restored much of the former Great Western Railway infrastructure at Birmingham Moor Street station. In October 2000 it opened Warwick Parkway station, used daily by hundreds of motorists to connect with Chiltern Railways services to London.

Hull Trains is the first – and so far only – non-franchised, “open access” passenger train company established under rights granted by the Railways Act 1993. Hull Trains carried over half a million passengers last year operating the newest and fastest trains on the country’s rail network. It was voted Best Train Company at the Guardian & Observer International Travel Awards 2005-2006. Questions can be directed in the first instance to: Trimedia UK 020 7272 2930


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