Provisional details of direct train link to London

In a series of meetings with Virgin Trains and Network Rail this week, Shrewsbury’s MP has ascertained the provisional details of a direct train from Shrewsbury to London due to start from Spring 2014.

As a result  of meetings held in the House of Commons, Network Rail have offered Virgin time slots to run two trains a day on the route to and from London. Daniel Kawczynski, the MP for Shrewsbury, had been urging Network Rail to work with Virgin to secure a service that could be accommodated into the existing timetable, with this initial service being welcomed by all sides.

Daniel said of the details ‘ I am very pleased to have helped secure this initial direct service which will link Shropshire’s county town directly with the capital. I will be working with Virgin to ensure they submit an acceptable bid to Network rail, and this is all completed in time for the service to begin in May 2014.’

A spokesman from Virgin said they have made no secret of the fact they want to serve more places, with Shrewsbury being one of them. “We look forward to hopefully starting this important new service in May’

The service will be two trains a day from Monday to Friday, departing Shrewsbury at 16.03 and arriving London Euston 18.32, with the return service leaving London Euston at 11.33 and arriving at 13.50. The Sunday service will leave Shrewsbury at 16.03 and arrive into Euston at 18.33, with the return service leaving Euston at 18.50, arriving in Shrewsbury at 21.39.

Commenting on the time, Daniel said ‘These off peak times will act as a real boost for our tourism industry in Shropshire as it will allow an increase in the numbers of people visiting Shropshire, as well as allowing a direct link for my constituents to get to London outside the rush hour.

Seeing this service start in May 2014 will be of real benefit to Shrewsbury, but it will be just the start of a much improved direct services to London.’

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