Minister responds to campaign to save direct train link to Birmingham

In the Senedd during questions to the Welsh Government’s Transport Minister North Wales’ Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Aled Roberts was assured that the Minister would take up the concerns of Wrexham commuters who fear they will lose a direct service to Birmingham.

In the Senedd during questions to the Welsh Government’s Transport Minister North Wales’ Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Aled Roberts was assured that the Minister would take up the concerns of Wrexham commuters who fear they will lose a direct service to Birmingham.

Aled Roberts asked the Minister if she would intervene to overturn the decision of Arriva Trains Wales to propose the withdrawal of the 7.47 commuter train from Wrexham to Birmingham in May when a new timetable will come into force. This train also serves Ruabon and Chirk.

The Minister, Edwina Hart, said that she recognises the importance of train timings for people to carry out their business and her comments were welcomed by Aled Roberts.

“I am pleased that the Minister responded so positively to my question today,” said Aled Roberts. “We managed to get Arriva Trains Wales to reverse an earlier consultation proposal to withdraw a direct train link from Llandudno to Manchester and I hope that, with the support of people in Wrexham, Ruabon and Chirk, we will be able to get the withdrawal of this proposal.

“The 07.47 train which provides a direct link without any changes between Wrexham and Birmingham is one of our busiest commuter trains serving Telford, Wolverhampton and Birmingham in time for the working day. Its likely replacement will leave about 15 minutes earlier and then wait at Shrewsbury which makes it very inconvenient for those who want to commute using public transport.

“I understand that the train which forms the current 07.47 service to Birmingham is to be transferred to the Cambrian line so that there is a new hourly service from May 2015 linking Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury,” commented Aled Roberts. “I do worry that North East Wales is being ignored by Cardiff-based planners in Arriva Trains Wales who seem determined to cut commuting trains into England – they should be introducing more commuting trains, not fewer.”


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