Proposed changes to train timetable expressed to Oswestry Town Council

Reporter:

Emily Davies

A RAILWAY partnership group has taken its concerns about major timetable changes to Oswestry Town Council.

The Chester Shrewsbury Rail Partnership says both Gobowen and Chirk stations will be affected if changes to the peak time commuter service to Birmingham International goes ahead.

The proposal, which could be implemented from May 2015, has been put forward to allow for a hourly service between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury.

But in a letter to the town council, Sheila Dee, community rail officer for the partnership, says the change will mean the loss of the current “well-used and long-standing” morning commuter service which reaches Chirk at 8.01am and Gobowen six minutes later.

She said: “In its place they plan to have the current Holyhead to Cardiff service, which runs earlier, stop at Ruabon, Chirk and Gobowen.

“However, this train runs to Cardiff and not to Birmingham and would require passengers to start out 15 minutes earlier and wait for 20 minutes for a connecting train to Birmingham.

“The Chester Shrewsbury Rail Partnership and the Shrewsbury Chester Rail User Group are most concerned at the impact these changes will have on passengers from this area and look to overturn these proposals which are planned for implementation in May 2015.”

The changes follow talks between the Welsh Government and Arriva Trains Wales and the Cambrian Line Implementation Group.

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