Readers will recall that I am a big fan of Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway (WSMR) which has direct trains from Wrecsam to London Marylebone. WSMR's parent company is the state owned German transport group Deutsche Bahn. Having been spoilt by travelling on the WSMR I was then less than impressed in having to revert to the overcrowded Arriva Trains Wales to travel to Cardiff or anywhere else in Wales if it comes to that.
I was therefore very pleased to read in today's Sunday Times that Deutsche Bahn have made or will be making a £1.6 billion bid for the Arriva Group. Let's hope that it's succesful and that we can get the same level of service from Arriva following the takeover as we get from WSMR. Perhaps it will then be time for the Welsh Assembly Government to re negotiate the franchise with Deutsche Bahn so we can then have a world class rail system in Wales.