Grounds for approval of London-Wrexham open access

ORR reasons (41 pages, PDF) for approving (2 pages, PDF) access rights sought a Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway Company Limited to run passenger trains from London to Wrexham.

The issues discussed include the length of the initial contract: ORR only approved rights for seven years, not the 10 years sought be the company.

The new services are not sought to bring significant new on-track competition. Virgin West Coast has strong contractual protection from competition, and the new operator will not offer tickets between London, Banbury, Birmingham International, Birmingham and Wolverhampton (it has proposed set-down only/pick-up only rules to enforce this).

The company is backed by Laing Rail, the current owner of Chiltern Railway.

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

Filed under ORR, Public transport.

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