Boost for passengers as Virgin Trains confirms more services will stop at Lichfield Trent Valley

Lichfield train passengers are set to get more services to and from London.

A Virgin Trains service passing through Lichfield Trent Valley. Pic: Matt Buck

A Virgin Trains service passing through Lichfield Trent Valley. Pic: Matt Buck

Virgin Trains has confirmed its summer timetable, which will mean that from May 15 there will be:

  • Two additional trains to London on Sundays (9.25am and 7.35pm) and two returning at 9.14am and 5.08pm.
  • One additional train in each direction on a Saturday.
  • An extra weekday service to London at 9.01am.
  • A 6.40pm weekday service from London to replace the Friday only 6.46pm service.

The changes come after pressure from the likes of the Lichfield Rail Promotion Group.

“Lichfield is one of the region’s success stories, both stations having seeing significant growth in passenger numbers in recent years,” said Phil Cavender, general manager at Virgin Trains.

“We’ve been listening and it is great to be finally in a position to reward those who have made such a compelling argument for additional stops at Lichfield.”

The news was welcomed by David Dixon, chairman of the Lichfield Rail Promotion Group.

He said the additional stops would boost tourists travelling in and out of the city.

“We are delighted that Virgin Trains is to increase the number of trains calling at Lichfield Trent Valley station by over 30% from the middle of May this year.

“Of particular significance are extra weekend calls, which make it far easier for Londoners to come here for the day, and for local residents to spend Sundays in London.”

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP

Lichfield’s MP Michael Fabricant has long campaigned for an increased frequency of West Coast Main Line stops at Lichfield Trent Valley.

He said: “These extra services throughout the week – including weekends – make good news for Lichfield commuters and enables London and the North to be even more accessible from our city.

“Combined with Network Rail’s commitment to provide lifts at Lichfield Trent Valley enabling easy access to all platforms and the re-opening of additional car parking, these new Virgin Train services will help the railway station become a major transport hub.”

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1 Comment

  1. Darryl

    1st March, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    “We’ve been listening and it is great to be finally in a position to reward those who have made such a compelling argument for additional stops at Lichfield.”

    How generous for Virgin Trains to give the provinces some scraps from the HS table.

    Perhaps some Londerners will head oops North to see how the little people live.

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