Progress on the enhancement of rail services across North Wales has been underlined with new images released of the project.
In March, the Welsh Government committed £9m to North Wales Metro. The images released this month show priorities up until 2029 which include major enhancements at popular stations, the creation of three new stations, at Broughton, Deeside and Greenfield, and frequency enhancements all the way from Bangor to Wrexham.
The second image, shown below, captures more ambitious, long term projects including electrification from Holyhead right across to Chester and extensions to west Wales and to the north of Anglesey.
Projects that will benefit from funding this year including:
- £4.8m for bus enhancements including information screens across the Traws Cymru network, refurbishment of Bangor bus station, and new fflecsi schemes
- £2.7m for improvements at train stations including Wrexham, and accessibility improvements
- more than £1m to look at ways of improving connectivity between Wrexham and Liverpool
- more than £1m for the Snowdonia Transport Strategy which aims to encourage park and ride, bus and active travel in the National Park
- £1.5m to develop an integrated station at Shotton
- £670,000 towards the development of Deeside Parkway
- £900,000 towards a study of the north Wales coast mainline, with a view to improve journey times
- £250,000 to support the roll-out of integrated ticketing on buses.
Lee Waters, deputy minister for climate change at the Welsh Government, said: “In North Wales, we have put in place the foundations for transformative rail and bus services and active travel.
“Alongside reducing rural isolation and opening up job, business and leisure opportunities across North Wales, these plans will also play a vital part in developing the region’s wider economy.”
The Welsh Government’s target is that 45% of journeys should be made by public transport or active travel by 2040.
Visiting Wrexham last week, Waters examined progress at the Wrexham Gateway – the WG is putting £25m into what is one of the region’s largest station-area projects. Other partners include Wrexham Council and Wrexham Glyndŵr University in collaboration with Transport for Wales and the ambitiously-expanding Wrexham AFC.