Boost for Welsh border train service

A £1.2m deal between the Department for Transport and Arriva Train Wales will see 2,450 extra seats on peak services to and from Manchester Piccadilly.

Under the plans, which have been supported by the Welsh Government, the train operator will run an additional locomotive and four carriages, boosting services for passengers and local businesses on the popular routes between Llandudno and Holyhead to Manchester and Birmingham.

The additional services are expected to start in December. They include:

  • Chester to Manchester Piccadilly
  • Manchester Piccadilly to Holyhead
  • Holyhead to Manchester Piccadilly
  • Manchester Piccadilly to Llandudno

The deal has been made possible through money paid to the Department by Deutsche Bahn, following the company's acquisition of Arriva. Under the current rail industry framework train companies are required to pay a change of control fee when changes to the operator are made.

Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary, said: "This is good news for passengers travelling between England and Wales. I know how popular these services are, so it's important to get extra carriages and seats on the network. It will mean better connections for thousands of passengers, and is further proof our long term economic plan is on track, making a real difference to hard-working people."

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