Are you a commuter to and from Wrexham?
There’s some excellent news for rail transport in the region, which will see journey times and the frequency of services improve.
At a recent stakeholder meeting in Llandudno, Transport for Wales Rail Services unveiled their plans for the new Wales & Borders franchise.
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Class 230 trains will be on the Borderlands line from Wrexham to Bidston in 2019,and journey time improvements will be seen as a result.
Plans are also in place to increase the service frequency from one to two trains per hour from 2021.
On the Chester-Wrexham-Shrewsbury Line, new diesel multiple units will be in service from 2022 ,giving greater capacity and more cycle spaces. The frequency of the Chester to Shrewsbury service will also double from December 2022. Sunday service frequency will also improve by 2025.
Cllr David A. Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport said: “We are very pleased to hear of Transport for Wales’ plans for the rail routes around Wrexham, particularly the increases in rail services on both lines, which we at Wrexham have lobbied for through our Strategic Transport Group.
“This, coupled with the planned cascade of good quality rolling stock, will result in some excellent improvements to the service. I am pleased our work and lobbying has paid off.
He added: “We also look forward to exploring the planned multimodal interchange at Wrexham General, and Transport for Wales’ commitment to improve accessibility and step-free access at stations.”
Other plans include the implementation of a Social and Commercial Development Plan for each station, supported by a network-wide investment fund to support community projects at stations.
All stations would see free Wi-Fi by 2020, and monitored CCTV by March 2023. They also plan to support the existing five Community Rail Partnerships and develop further partnerships throughout Wales and the Borders.
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