Daniel Kawczynski – 2015 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Transport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Daniel Kawczynski on 2015-12-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the increased passenger growth due to the introduction of the direct train service between Shrewsbury and London.

Claire Perry

Since the introduction of the new direct services to Shrewsbury in December 2014, there has been an additional 30,000 journeys on the route year on year on the flows of Shrewsbury, Wellington and Telford to and from London. The new services themselves also provide an enhanced level of service between Shropshire and the West Midlands.

In terms of journey growth figures for each station, they are as follows:


Growth %

London – Shrewsbury


London – Wellington


London – Telford Central


Advanced bookings on the direct trains are also showing a steady growth since introduction. As we only have one year’s data available, it is difficult to compare but we have seen a growth of around 25% -30% which ties in with the figures above.