Mark Menzies MP says Virgin’s pricing policy ‘fleeces’ Preston passengers

Fylde MP Mark Menzies met with Virgin Rail representatives over its unfair pricing policy on the West Coast Main Line Mr Menzies called the meeting after several complaints from constituents over the rail fair from Preston to London - which can be four times the price of the journey from Lancaster to London, despite being further away. He said: “Virgin were left in no doubt of the strength of my feelings, and my constituents’ feelings on this matter. “They do not want to be charged more than three... Read more »


This week I wrote to the Rail Minister, fellow Fylde coast MP Paul Maynard, to ask him how often he is in touch with Virgin Rail about their pricing strategies on the West Coast Main Line. Many of you will have read about my call for a fairer pricing policy instead of the present situation which penalises my constituents who use Preston Train Station. Travellers face paying up to four times more for their trip than those travelling to and from Lancaster on the same trains –... Read more »

Fylde MP questions Rail Minister over Virgin Rail pricing

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has written to the Rail Minister asking for clarification over Virgin Rail's West Coast Main Line pricing structure, ahead of a meeting today with the rail firm. Mr Menzies has vowed to bring an end to the situation which sees passengers from Preston paying up to four times as much as those from Lancaster to use the same trains to London. Mr Menzies wrote to ask the Secretary of State for Transport "What recent discussions he has had with Virgin Trains on consistency... Read more »

Fylde MP Mark Menzies welcomes impact of smart motorways

The Government has revealed the country's first 'smart motorways' have improved travel times for motorists, following a parliamentary question from Fylde MP Mark Menzies. Work is taking place to make parts of the M6 a smart motorway, which will bring the hard shoulder into use as a lane when congestion increases, and uses technology to reduce and increase speed limits, and close lanes for emergency vehicles where necessary. Fyld MP Mark Menzies wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport to ask: "What assessment his Department has... Read more »

MP welcomes £12k donation for health path on fields

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed a £12,000 donation which will help improve playing fields in Fylde. The cash has been handed over by Tesco to the Friends of Blackpool Road North Playing Fields for the creation of a health path. Inmates from Kirkham Prison have been tasked with building the path, and work started this week. The money comes from the 5p bag charges that stores are asked to pass on to good causes. The money was allocated earlier this year - and Mr Menzies raised a... Read more »
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