Following pressure exerted by Michael Fabricant on Chris Green, Chief Executive of Virgin Trains, the Strategic Rail Authority and other bodies combined with the highly vocal and articulate protests of local commuters, Virgin have relented and have reinstated the early morning commuter run from Lichfield Trent Valley to Euston which was cancelled on the 21st May. It will restart at the earliest opportunity.
The train will depart Lichfield Trent Valley at 5.47am and will arrive at Euston at 7.41am – well in time for early morning commuters from Lichfield to be in their offices for a prompt start in the City of London.
"I am delighted that Chris Green and Virgin have listened to local arguments for an early morning service. Commuters had consistently said that more passengers joined the train at Lichfield at that time of the morning than at Tamworth where Virgin’s new timetable had the train stopping. This ties in with the socio-economic break-down of Lichfield which shows one of the highest numbers of professionals as a percentages of the total population in the country." says Michael Fabricant.
"It is imperative that services in Lichfield are not sidelined to other towns. The rail service is one such service; hospital care is yet another and an even more vital service".