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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Direct trains from Gobowen to London planned

Direct trains from Gobowen to London have been promised by the new operator of the West Coast Main Line. 
First Trenitalia has today (Wednesday) been announced as the successful bidder to operate the West Coast Partnership.
The Department for Transport says this will mean that from December 2022 passengers will benefit from 263 extra train services every week and that destinations including Gobowen and Llandudno will now be served by direct trains to and from London.
Subject to approval from the Office of Rail and Road, two trains per hour will run between Liverpool and London.  
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "This award is positive news for passengers, with more services, more direct connections and ambitious plans for a cleaner, greener railway, and also represents a decisive shift towards a new model for rail."
Keith Williams, Chair of the Rail Review, said: "The railway needs reform that prioritises the customers and communities it serves, with an absolute focus on delivering benefits for passengers. I have also been clear that my review must not stop or delay investment and innovation.
"This West Coast Partnership delivers for passengers. It is a step forward that is firmly in line with the review, introducing benefits for passengers today and capable of incorporating the reforms needed for the future."
First Trenitalia will oversee the introduction of new environmentally-friendly trains, entirely replacing the diesel-only fleet and reducing CO2 emissions by 61%. 
It will also invest £117 million in a major refurbishment of the current Pendolino fleet, providing more comfortable seats and additional luggage space.

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