This is very sad. The Wrexham Shropshire & Marylebone Railway has been running services from Wrexham directly into London since April 2008. The journey was quite unlike the alternative route operated by Virgin Trains: rather slower, but much friendlier. More old-fashioned, somehow. The rolling stock was comfortable and the staff always friendly. Unfortunately, I don’t have to go to London often enough for my travels to have made any difference to the company but I’m very sad about this. Like it or not, good links with London are an economic necessity. We keep being told that ‘the market’ needs competition, but from this part of the world one company will now have a complete hold over rail travel to the south-east of England. And environmentally, it’s a disaster. Fewer trains just mens more cars: more pollution, more congestion.
A very sad decision.