PROPOSALS to axe morning train services have been called “a kick in the teeth” by the region’s MEP.
Jill Seymour condemned Arriva Trains Wales plans to stop its morning service from Wrexham to Birmingham, calling at Chirk and Gobowen, while a feeder service from Shrewsbury at 7am over into North Wales is also facing the chop when new timetables come into force next year.
It comes as Oswestry Town Council also slammed the proposal.
Mrs Seymour commented: “Arriva Trains Wales insists this new timetable is still under development and has yet to be agreed.
“The company says it will listen to feedback from customers as part of the consultation process but it is blatantly obvious what that feedback is going to say.
“Rail travellers in Shropshire who have used this commuter service for many years will be furious at the news.”
The West Midlands representative added: “It is another kick in the teeth to rural commuters at a time when they are being urged to use public transport. What are they to do if it barely exists at the time they need it most?”
Following Wednesday night’s meeting, Oswestry Town Council resolved to express its own concern to Arriva and to North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson.
Councillor Martin Bennett said: “The town council felt this would be a bad step. It represents a loss of services which seems to be a typical attitude of large companies to small rural areas.”
He added: “It is not simply a matter of getting to Birmingham, it is the stops in between and people who may be inconveniences because they can’t get to Wellington or Telford in the same way as they used to.”