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Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport has voiced his concerns that despite promises for better rail links between Wrexham and Bidston red tape has now left the plans for 2 trains per hour up in the air.

The Office of Rail and Road is arbitrating between Transport for Wales and a freight company in Penyffordd who runs trains over the railway line.

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Lead Member for Transport and Deputy Leader of Wrexham Council, Cllr David A Bithell said, “It appears that the ORR are trying to resolve a dispute who has preference to run trains on the line which I find unbelievable and frustrating as promises were made that by May 2022 Wrexham would have two trains per hour.

“On one hand we are told that improvements on the A483 is being delayed for a roads review and now that freight trains have preference over passengers. We are also actively encouraged to promote and support using public transport and Active Travel schemes.”

Cllr Bithell added, “The rail network runs 24 hours and urged the ORR to find a solution with Transport for Wales and has asked local MPs to lobby UK Secretary of State Grant Shapps to intervene.

“I have also written to Lesley Griffiths MS and Sarah Atherton MP for Wrexham urging them to make representation.”

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