Wrexham to London train service to shut

The company that runs direct trains from Wrexham to London is closing down on Friday evening putting 55 jobs at risk.

Wrexham & Shropshire told staff the news on Tuesday night and say they have no choice because they will never have enough passengers to make a profit.

The Company says they will try and find alternative jobs in the railway industry for the 55 staff affected by the news.

Chairman Adrian Shooter, CBE explained:

"Regrettably, we have concluded that the potential for further changes to the company's operations, including any synergy with Arriva Trains Wales, will not improve the financial position sufficiently. 

"The shareholders have invested in excess of £13m in launching the business and funding its losses, and have now concluded that there is no reasonable prospect that Wrexham & Shropshire can become profitable, or offer a return on this investment."

The company began running direct trains to London in April 2008 and soon earned a 99% satisfaction rating from customers.

The final train will leave for London at 18.30 on Friday January 28.

Wrexham & Shropshire says anyone who has booked tickets beyond that will be able to use them on alternative services provided by Arriva Trains Wales, Virgin Trains and Chiltern Railways.