Local MP Backs Virgin Trains Stop Gap

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Christopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth, has spoken on the decision that Virgin Trains will continue to run the West Coast Mainline franchise for the next nine months before a long-term decision is announced.

He said, “This is reassuring news for all rail users from Tamworth and local villages in Lichfield District as it provides service continuity whilst the mistakes made by Department of Transport officials are sorted out.

“However, it is still correct that the tender process is re-run to ensure that there is no doubt that the best provider available is chosen to run the line.  Whoever is chosen as the long term operator, I will certainly ask detailed questions about their policies and plans to check local travellers will get the best possible service.”