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Wrexham to London rail link to end

A rail company is ending its direct services between North Wales and London.

The service from north Wales to London Marylebone returned in April 2008 after a gap of 41 years.

Wrexham, Shropshire, Marylebone Railway (WSMR) blamed the “unprecedented economic environment” as a contributing factor.

Other jobs in the industry are being sought for its 55 employees. WSMR says  all wages and full redundancy entitlements will be paid.

In a letter handed out to passengers at Wrexham General station on Wednesday morning, Wrexham and Shropshire chairman Adrian Shooter said the firm lost £2.8m in 2010.

He said: “We have done everything possible to try to reduce the losses.

“We have reached the conclusion that the business has no prospect of providing a return on investment.”

The Rail Maritime and Transport union have described the decision is a “bitter blow” to the railway industry.

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