29 April 2008

UK's latest open-access rail operator starts running

The last direct train service between London-Wrexham ceased operation in 1967. As from yesterday this link was restored thanks to the UK's newest open-access rail operator, Wrexham, Shropshire & Marylebone Railway (WSMR) who now operate five direct end-to-end train journeys between the two points.

WSMR took the decision to start their new service early and to hire in trains until the ones they have earmarked have been thoroughly renovated and prepared for service, which the firm hopes will take place by the end of the summer at the very latest.

Passengers can book via the WSMR website and have the added option of having their tickets texted to their mobile phone - one of the first rail operators to offer this feature - as well as purchase their tickets on board the trains. Fares start at £22.

The website appears very easy to use and offers much information about the company. As we reported on 22 February, Virgin Trains has decided to extend one of its Chester services to/from Wrexham and will offer a significantly reduced journey time of 2:30 when compared to WSMR's 4 hours.