LONDON, January 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin Trains has today confirmed that it will carry passengers who will be left stranded by the cancellation of all train services by open access train operator Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway (WSMR).
The announcement comes as German State Railway-backed WSMR said that it will cease operations at the end of this week. The last day of operations will be Friday 28 January 2011.
Passengers who have bought WSMR tickets will be able to use them on Virgin Trains between Chester and London, including the direct train each day between Wrexham and London, as well as trains on the Wolverhampton-London Euston route which also serve Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International stations.
Virgin Trains' Chief Operating Officer Chris Gibb said: "The withdrawal of WSMR services is devastating for those passengers who have already made travel plans and are now stranded. WSMR's collapse is also bad news for UK railways where passengers want to be able to plan travel with confidence. We hope that by offering them an alternative means that they will be able to travel stress free and will not have to cancel plans to visit their families and loved ones, or for business."
Chris Gibb also confirmed that Virgin Trains remains committed to Wrexham and will continue to run the current Monday to Friday direct service to London leaving at 07:00 and arriving in London at 09:38) and the return service which leaves London Euston at 18:10 and arrives Wrexham at 20:38.
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SOURCE Virgin Trains