Wasps CEO David Armstrong on Rugby Special Train Service

Following news that London Midland will not be in a position to continue running the Rugby Special train service which was trialled at Wasps' games against Harlequins and Leicester Tigers, CEO David Armstrong said:

“The recent trial of rugby special trains at the Wasps v Harlequins and Wasps v Leicester Tigers matches at the Ricoh Arena proved immensely popular.

“More than 10 per cent of fans chose to travel to the match by train and make use of the recently completed Coventry Arena Station. Operationally the service ran extremely well with many fans commenting on how convenient it was, allowing them to directly access the Arena from both Coventry and Nuneaton stations. 

“Unfortunately, despite our considerable efforts and our own financial contribution to the trial, London Midland have refused to continue with the rugby special service, although the basic scheduled service will remain in place.

“This is incredibly disappointing for our supporters and the people of Coventry and means we will revert to providing shuttle buses from Coventry Station to the Arena on Wasps match days and for the upcoming summer concerts. 

“Discussions continue with London Midland to try and persuade them to re-launch the service for the start of next season in September.

“The Arena Coventry station is an important asset for the City, the Ricoh Arena and the Arena Park shopping centre and we will continue to lobby all relevant parties to enable its proper utilisation as soon as possible.”