Gavin Williamson MP for South Staffordshire recently wrote to Virgin Trains to ask them to ensure that residents of South Staffordshire are able to get home swiftly and safely during the Olympics. He was delighted to recieve a positive response from Virgin Trains saying that they will look into the matter as part of their discussions with the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Currently the last train from London Euston to Wolverhampton departs at midnight but when the Olympics are on the events at the Olympic Stadium finish as late as 11:00pm. This makes a return to Wolverhampton very tight for those attending the Olympics as they have to dash from the stadium to get the last train home. Gavin wrote to Chris Gibb, the Managing Director of Virgin Trains to ask him to consider delaying the last train home so that those watching the Olympics can get home without any difficulties.
Mr Gibb wrote back to Gavin Williamson MP to say that Virgin Trains are currently in discussions regarding their franchise and they are also talking to the Olympic Delivery Authority with regard to altering services for the Olympics and that they hope to be in a position to commit to operationg a later service for the olympics.
Commenting on this Gavin Williamson MP said:
‘It would be great if Virgin Trains could give some thought to adjusting their last departures during the Olympics. I know that people living in the South Staffordshire area who are travelling to the games would welcome a move that enabled them to head safely home. It would be a great way to end a very special day watching the greatest sporting event in the world.'