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Blackpool direct rail service to London departs

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Image caption Virgin Trains will run the first direct service from Blackpool to the capital since 2003

The first direct train from Blackpool to London in more than a decade departed earlier.

The service set off at 05:25 GMT and travelled to London Euston, arriving at 08:34 GMT.

Blackpool has been campaigning for a rail link to London ever since the last direct service between the resort and the capital was scrapped in May 2003.

One train will now run each day on weekdays.

Permission to run the service was granted to Virgin Trains by the Office of Rail Regulation in September.

A new direct service from Shrewsbury was also announced at the time, with the first trains departing on Sunday.

The service calls at Kirkham and Wesham, Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston, Wigan North Western, Warrington Bank Quay, Crewe and Nuneaton.

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