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Direct rail service to Birmingham is safe says Welsh Government

 
Created on 17/06/2017 @ 07:32
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Speculation that the current "direct" train services to Birmingham along the Cambrian Railway might end when a new rail franchise comes into force have been dismissed by the Welsh Government.

Assurances have been given to Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George, that the current direct train service between Aberystwyth and Birmingham, includes stops at Welshpool, will be part of a new Wales and Borders Rail Franchise that comes into force in October next year.

After receiving confirmation from the Welsh Government that direct services to Birmingham would be a condition of the new franchise and that the current service frequency would be maintained, Mr George said: "Concerns had previously been expressed by groups representing passengers about the possibility of splitting the current Aberystwyth to Birmingham International service, with trains on the Cambrian line terminating in Shrewsbury rather than Birmingham International, as they do now.

"I am therefore pleased that the Cabinet Secretary has confirmed to me in writing that direct services to Birmingham will be condition of the next Wales and Borders rail services agreement and that the current service frequency will be maintained.

“Splitting services would have meant that those travelling to Birmingham and vice versa would have to change in Shrewsbury. This would severely inconvenience a large number of passengers and have a negative impact on the Mid Wales economy.

“I am therefore grateful that the Welsh Government has made this commitment to retain direct services between Birmingham and Aberystwyth.”

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