TRAIN CUTS BLOW FOR WREXHAM
The end of the line for the Wrexham-Marylebone direct train service is a "terrible blow" for Wrexham.
That's the view of Plaid Cymru's Assembly candidate for the town Marc Jones, who said: "The direct service to London created jobs and helped to revive the town's main train station. It was also a service that won plaudits for the standard of care and comfort.
"The news that its parent company Deutsche Bahn are pulling out of the town and ending the service is a terrible blow, not only to the workers directly employed but also to the many thousands of people who used the service for both business and pleasure. It's a real bolt from the blue."
He said he had been planning to take his family on a day trip to London in the school half-term and had been looking forward to travelling direct with the Wrexham-Marylebone service.
Mr Jones said: "We've used it before and it seemed to be very well used. But it was well documented that the company has had to contend with other rail companies trying to block its route to London and that contributed to the fact that it took four hours to get from Wrexham to London."
He added that maintaining good rail services through Wrexham was essential and he had already been speaking to Assembly officials about the alternatives that could become available in the wake of this shock announcement.