Alstom wants to operate its own passenger train service in the UK


For the first time Alstom will operate its own rail service in the UK from 2025

The world’s second largest railway manufacturer recalls that it is “already the leading supplier of trains and rail services and the main supplier of signaling and infrastructure” in the United Kingdom. The new service project announced on Thursday in partnership with consultancy SLC Rail and operating under the name Wrexham, Shropshire and Midlands Railway (WSMR) will allow it to operate “for the first time its own rail service in the United Kingdom”. United”.

Alstom’s aim is to “create a direct connection, which does not exist today, between North Wales, Shropshire, the Midlands and London”. “WSMR is expected to be commissioned from 2025 and is expected to create around 50 new jobs, mainly in North Wales and the Midlands,” the statement said. “WSMR will offer passengers from Wrexham, Gobowen, Shrewsbury, Walsall and Coleshill a direct link to the capital, as well as to Darlaston once its new station opens”, with the offer providing for “a service of five trains per day in each direction from Monday to Saturday, and four trains in both directions on Sunday,” it is detailed.

In total, WSMR is expected to serve an area of around 1.5 million people outside of London, “a population expected to grow by 16% over the next decade,” highlights Alstom. The group says that this Thursday, WSMR “will submit a formal application to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) to add its services to the UK network”. “We have been part of the British railway fabric for two centuries and we are delighted to enter this new era as a private operator,” commented Nick Crossfield, Alstom Managing Director for the UK and Ireland, cited in the press release. “This new transport offer will allow the territories of North Wales and the Midlands to benefit from better connections, in particular direct trains to London from Shrewsbury, Telford and Wrexham,” declared the British Minister for Railways. iron, Huw Merriman.

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