Following the cancellation by Virgin on the 21st May of the 05:59 early morning commuter service from Lichfield Trent Valley to Euston and Michael Fabricant's intervention, Chris Green (Chief Executive of Virgin Trains) has told Michael that he and Mark Furlong (Commercial Director) will now be meeting Lichfield commuters at 9.15am on Wednesday 6th June at Euston to discuss their decision.
Because of the election campaign, Michael Fabricant will be unable to attend the meeting in London (indeed, he suspects that is why Chris Green chose the date!), but he has asked local commuter David Shrigley who will be attending the meeting to tell Virgin that he "does not intend to let the matter rest".
"I have mentioned to David Shrigley that demographic data on Lichfield and Tamworth clearly demonstrates that the population make-up of the area indicates that there is bound to be a bigger market in Lichfield for commuters taking early morning trains to London. This supports the traveller count undertaken by local commuters. The count showed 3 times as many people commuting from Lichfield Trent Valley than Tamworth railway station at that time of the morning. Why should the Lichfield service be stopped and the Tamworth service continued? It makes no sense", says Michael. "I am hopeful that Virgin will reverse their unwise decision".
"I shall be eagerly awaiting the result of the meeting and will take this matter up further if there is not a satisfactory outcome".