Chris Gibb, Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Trains, has told Michael
Fabricant today that as from Sunday 13th December, Virgin Trains will
run a fast afternoon train on Sunday from Lichfield Trent Valley to
"This is great news for Lichfield commuters" says Michael Fabricant.
"When the new train timetables were introduced, Virgin stopped the
weekend service as a regular service was due to be provided by
London-Midland. But regular problems to the London-Midland Sunday
service prompted me to ask Virgin to provide a back-up service on Sunday
afternoons for the many businesspeople, students, and other travellers
needing to be in London on Sunday night for an early start in our
capital on Monday morning. The cancellation of all Sunday
London-Midland trains from Lichfield on September 6th due to industrial
problems made matters even more urgent.
"I am delighted to be told today that a new Virgin Sunday service will
be introduced. As from 13th December, a fast Virgin train will depart
Lichfield Trent Valley at 5.29pm and will arrive in Euston at 6.46pm – a
journey time of 1 hour 17 minutes – around half the time taken by the
London-Midland service, when it is running to time."