Minister acknowledges Aled Roberts AM Campaign for better Rail Investment

The North Wales Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Aled Roberts was thanked by the Welsh Government’s Transport Minister in the Assembly this afternoon for bringing to her attention ways in which the dualling of the line between Wrexham and Chester could provide more trains for people who want to travel from Wrexham to Liverpool or Manchester.

The North Wales Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Aled Roberts was thanked by the Welsh Government’s Transport Minister in the Assembly this afternoon for bringing to her attention ways in which the dualling of the line between Wrexham and Chester could provide more trains for people who want to travel from Wrexham to Liverpool or Manchester.

Transport Minister Edwina Hart also announced that Network Rail had been given a deadline of May 23rd to respond to the concerns that Aled Roberts had raised with her.

“The Welsh Government has commissioned Network Rail to deliver journey improvements between North Wales and Cardiff,” commented Aled Roberts. “These improvements will reduce journey times but is essential that the necessary work, including the dualling, improve train travel from Wrexham to Liverpool and Manchester as well as Cardiff”.

As well as undertaking track work to increase line-speeds at various points, Network Rail will be “doubling” the track between Rossett Junction and Saltney Junction. The original scheme would have doubled a much longer section between Wrexham and Chester. Aled Roberts believes that the reduced scheme, following a decision by the Welsh Government, will not provide for increased services with the North West of England and therefore provide poor value for money.

“In my opinion Network Rail did not make it clear that essential maintenance on the line was due and the Welsh Government has ended up paying for this, as well as dualling part of the Wrexham to Chester line. If Network Rail had included essential maintenance funding then the Welsh Government might have been able to dual another two miles of track which would greatly increase the number of trains using the line and connecting Wrexham with towns and cities in the North West of England.”


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