Could Wales become an abandoned siding as rail services in England are improved?

Later today in an Assembly debate called for by Aled Roberts, the North Wales Liberal Democrat AM will demand better rail links between North Wales and England. He will raise a concern that North Wales becomes the equivalent of an “abandoned siding” whilst services linking towns and cities in England’s North West are radically improved.

Later today in an Assembly debate called for by Aled Roberts, the North Wales Liberal Democrat AM will demand better rail links between North Wales and England. He will raise a concern that North Wales becomes the equivalent of an “abandoned siding” whilst services linking towns and cities in England’s North West are radically improved.

Aled Roberts will argue that the partial dualling of the Wrexham to Chester line has raised serious doubts over the ability of rail links between north Wales and England to benefit from improvements in England. If the section of track between Rosset and Wrexham was dualled, 6 extra trains could run.

Developments like HS2 – the High Speed new rail link between London and the North –  through trains between cities in northern England, key track improvements in Merseyside and interlinking city metro services, means that North Wales could soon miss out on essential transport links that would improve prosperity.

Aled Roberts AM will say: “I am concerned that Wales will be left out of the proposed rail developments occurring in England, and become nothing more than an abandoned siding. Without improvements, business growth and employment will bypass Wales. This would prove to be detrimental to the growth of the north Wales economy.

“Flourishing businesses and new employment opportunities rely on better connectivity to and from Wales. Missing a chance to become involved with the rail plans proposed for England could cost North Wales dearly.”

Aled Roberts will address these concerns during his speech which will start between 6.30pm and 7pm in the Assembly. Transport Minister Edwina Hart will provide her response to the points that are raised.


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