Councillor Phil Bateman said today “There will be Change taking Place at Wolverhampton Railway Station! The franchise is changing and Virgin Trains have released this message. I too have a message. It is a great big ‘thank you’ for the rail staff, its those unsung heroes that have served the public, and helped build Wolverhampton’s reputation, at this station. Having used the station for the last 21 years. A big well done from me!” “
On Sunday 1 April, 2018 the management of Wolverhampton station will transfer over to West Midlands Trains, as part of the new West Midlands franchise.
It will mark the end of our (Virgin) 21 years looking after the station, a period that has seen the services on the west coast route transformed. We are incredibly proud of what has been achieved, and whilst there will be a hint of sadness as we hand over the keys, we remain equally committed to serving the city and its people. We will continue to have a traincrew base at the station, and our services to Scotland, the Lakes and London will remain unaltered.
So we will still be around and we are very much looking forward to playing our part in delivering Wolverhampton Interchange which’ when finished’ will give the city a station it can truly shout about.
We unfortunately will be saying goodbye to around 50 members of the team, who will TUPE over to WMT. Some of them are featured in a sort video we would like to share with you. Please do take a few minutes to watch as it captures nicely the pride they have for their job, their station and of course their city. You can download it here – https://virgintrains.box.com/s/f98i87z7etkoq9rl6cy5sardoyfu0yj4
Being Virgin Trains, you would not expect us to go quietly, so in the last week we will also be holding a few ‘thank you’ events for customers and colleagues. So if you are passing look out for the cupcakes. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get back to me. Failing that can I just say a very big thank you for all your support over the years.