Virgin Trains releases proposed Shropshire to London timetable

A Virgin train Virgin Trains wants London to Shrewsbury services to be operational by May

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Details of a proposed timetable for a new direct rail link between Shropshire and London have been released.

Virgin Trains submitted a renewed bid to run direct services earlier this month and is waiting for a decision from Network Rail.

Proposals to run the twice-daily service had previously been rejected after the rail operator said the line could not cope with the extra traffic.

Virgin is proposing one train and from London each weekday and on Sunday.

A 4,000-name signature petition calling for the service to be restarted was presented to Parliament last month.

The Office of Rail Regulation said last month that it would "put pressure" on Network Rail to get the service running.

The operator said it would like to have trains running by May.

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