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No trains for a third day through Ludlow – no news on when they will resume

Arriva Train Wales has cancelled all trains between Manchester and Cardiff for Friday. There will not be replacement buses. The advice remains not to travel by rail or road. Arriva Trains Wales is running a limited service on the following lines only: Shrewsbury to Crewe; Crewe to Chester; Chester to Holyhead; and Wrexham to Bidston. There is no news from the rail companies on when services will resume.

A survey released this morning by Passenger Focus, the independent transport user watchdog, shows the performance of Arriva Wales has declined markedly in the past year. Arriva Wales is the only train service through Ludlow and many of us rely on it. The watchdog’s data record changes in satisfaction of users of the train service between Spring 2015 to Spring 2016. Nearly a thousand Arriva Wales customers were surveyed. They said their satisfaction: Overall, is down by 7% Punctuality and reliability, down by 10% Stations, down 2% The way the company deals with delays, down 7%.

The long awaited direct train service between our county town and the capital launches on 13 December. But Ludlow residents will have to drive to Shrewsbury to catch it. Shropshire Star, 1 October 2014 In today’s Shropshire Star, Tom Morton reports that Arriva is refusing to bring the first train forward to enable a connection with the new train. The 6.11am from Ludlow arrives in Shrewsbury at 6.43am. The new train service will leave Shrewsbury four minutes earlier at 6.39am. We only need to bring the train ten or fifteen minutes earlier to create a connection. But Arriva aren’t shifting. They say it will negatively impact on other commuters, but I can’t see that a few minutes shift will do that. The article also says that trains from the north of the county will miss the London service. That’s wrong. It shows our model of privatised train services isn’t working. I am not against the private sector running train services. I am against private companies making decisions that are not in the public interest. Especially when they get a £159 million subsidy. This decision will mean that non-drivers like me can’t catch the new train. It will make it difficult…

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Ludlow councillors are asking Arriva Wales to reschedule the first morning train from the town to connect with the new Shrewsbury to London direct service. At present, the 6.11am from Ludlow arrives in Shrewsbury at 6.43am. The new train service is expected to leave Shrewsbury four minutes earlier at 6.39am. Councillors Andy Boddington, Vivienne Parry, Richard Huffer and Tracey Huffer have written to Ian Bullock, Managing Director of Arriva Wales to ask that the first train from Ludlow is brought forward by ten minutes to connect with the new service. Speaking on behalf of the councillors, Tracey Huffer said: “Its great news that Shrewsbury will have a direct service to London again. Now we need to link this up with Ludlow, as well as Craven Arms and Church Stretton. That means we need the first train from Ludlow, which comes up from Cardiff, to run around ten minutes earlier.” “The last direct service from Shrewsbury to London suffered from lack of passenger numbers. It wasn’t possible to catch the early morning service from Ludlow without driving to Shrewsbury. I am sure the new service will get a lot more passengers if it has connecting services from the south.” “How frequently…

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