The joint venture of Renaissance Trains and John Laing plc had introduced an open access operator in UK in the year 2006 for the convenience of passengers traveling through rail. Known as Wrexham & Shropshire, this railway transport sector was aimed at operating passenger services starting from Wrexham further to London Melbourne. In between the main routes covered were Shrewsbury, Wellington and Tame Bridge. With a fleet size of 5 class 67 locomotives, 5 driving van trailers and 16 mark 3 carriages. Wrexham and Shropshire served a total of 11 intermediary stations.
Wrexham and Shropshire trains passed through a host of destinations offering easy access to the appealing Wellington market town, Llangollen, IRonbridge Gorge and many more. Fares from London to Wrexham started from as low as $10, but with advance bookings passengers could avail a number of attractive offers and explore all major temptations in and around the city. Cheaper tickets were also available by opting for off peak travels, by using Raileasy and by selecting overtaken trains. With such low rates and superior services, customers had been greatly satisfied.
The initial timetable for Wrexham and Shropshire was for 5 trains on a weekday running from Wrexham to London. Each journey was accomplished approximately in 4 hours and 15 minutes. The weekday service then was reduced to 4 trains per weekday in March 2009 citing major economic downturn. In the year 2010, there was a fourth Saturday service being operated between the months of July and September. Due to insufficient customer demand, the weekday service again got diminished to three per day by December 2010.
Talking about performance, in the spring of 2010, Wrexham & Shropshire was able to bag a glorious 99% satisfaction rating in the National Passenger Survey that was conducted by Passenger Focus. It was the highest ever-recorded rating in the history of that survey. But then performance figures gradually began to decrease. During the second quarter of 2010-11 financial year, Wrexham and Shropshire could score an 88.1% PPM. Nevertheless, the ratings were above national average, which revealed that passengers were quite satisfied.
Wrexham and Shropshire operations ceased on 28th January 2011 when a review clinched that there was absolutely no prospect of the train business ever being profitable. W&S decided on its final closure after some of its major profitability schemes failed. The last 18:30 train of W&S traveled from London Marylebone in Central London to Wrexham General.