Cardiff to Holyhead

There’s good news for train users today as Transport for Wales announces that the Cardiff to Holyhead express train, introduced in December 2019 would now be stopping at Gobowen, Chirk and Ruabon each morning 🙂

Late last year stakeholders protested when it was revealed that this service would not be calling at some of the intermediate stations and would remove the hourly service that left Shrewsbury at 09.25. No consultation had been undertaken by Transport for Wales and the service was introduced despite an online petition and numerous protests.

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“More convenient for all passengers using the Cardiff to Holyhead service”

Cllr David A Bithell Chair of the Chester Shrewsbury Rail Partnership commented, ‘We are pleased to learn that Transport for Wales have reconsidered the stopping pattern of this service and that the express train will now call at Gobowen, Chirk and Ruabon.

“This will be far more convenient for all passengers using the Cardiff to Holyhead service rather than the current rail replacement bus service. With passengers’ numbers continuing to rise at all of the stations along this route we will continue to press for the reinstatement of the hourly service on this line to ensure all our communities have the access to the rail connections they need whether for jobs, education or leisure.”

Office of Rail and Road passenger usage statistics for 2019:

• Wrexham General up 7.6% to 529,622 from 492,390
• Ruabon up 7.3% to 102,628 from 95,670
• Chirk up 5.6% to 79,746 from 75,524
• Gobowen up 4.5% to 228,526 from 218,684

You can read more about increased passenger numbers here:

Rise in Passengers on the Chester-Wrexham-Shrewsbury Line

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