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Wrexham & Shropshire Railways end London service

A rail firm has ended service to and from the UK capital.

The news came on Wednesday when Wrexham & Shropshire Railways said that Friday would be the last day in which its trains would operates service to and from London. The company cites a lack of profitability, saying that it had investigated the situation thoroughly before coming to the decision to scrap the business.

The company statement said that all possible alternatives had been considered, however due to the ‘unprecedented economic environment’ it was determined that the service had zero prospects of becoming profitable. It added that the company was currently seeking alternative rail industry employment for its 55 employees and all applicable redundancy entitlements and wages would be paid in full.

According to the Rail Maritime and Transport union, the news comes as a ‘bitter blow’ to the industry. The news came despite speculation of a merger with Arriva Trains Wales amid a number of other attempts to make the firm profitable, however Chairman Adrian Shooter said that none of the options offered the possibility of returning investments to shareholders.

The company launched in the spring of 2008 with service linking Wrexham and Shropshire with the capital. It’s opening was a great success among passengers, earning a customer satisfaction score of 99%.



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