PROUD rail staff are planning to go out in style – giving passengers the journey of a lifetime as their last train leaves Wrexham for London today.

Workers were devastated this week when it was announced the Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone train company was to stop operating due to lack of profitability.

But they are determined today’s final journeys will be a fitting tribute to the outstanding service provided since the business was launched in April, 2008.

Catering supervisor Dot Crimes, of Borras, Wrexham, said: “We are hoping to take about 30 members of staff with us on the 1.23pm leaving Wrexham. Normally there would be four members of staff.

“It is something we have decided among ourselves that we want to do. Everyone has been so proud of what Wrexham and Shropshire has achieved and the awards we have won. This will be the final opportunity for us to show passengers how much we care.

“We will be returning on the last train from London at 6.33pm. We want to see it out and back again.

“I can say that being with Wrexham and Shropshire have been the proudest years of my working life. We are like a big family. People are so upset that it is all finishing now and there have been quite a few tears.”

Dot said she and her colleagues were told about the closure at a meeting held on Tuesday night and they had been stunned.

She added: “We have put so much time and effort into our jobs, working all the hours God sends.

“I’m 62 and really don’t know what will be happening in the future.

“For now, we want to say goodbye to everyone in style and show how much working for Wrexham and Shropshire has meant to us all.”

Fifty-five employees are set to lose their jobs as a result of the company’s closure.
Company bosses say they would be seeking alternative employment for its staff within the rail industry.