Tuesday, 8 March 2011

New pressure for improved train service

Fresh pressure has been put on the Welsh Government to route a new north-south express rail service through Wrexham.

Plaid Cymru's leader on Wrexham Council Marc Jones spoke today with the office of Transport Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones, who is expected to make an announcement soon about the route.

Cllr Jones said:
"Ieuan Wyn Jones is making it clear that the new train service is designed to improve links between the north and south. He understands the importance of that service for the largest town in the north and I'm hoping our lobbying for continued improvements to our rail links pays off.

"Wrexham has seen a direct devolution dividend in terms of improvements in rail services and to the main station in the past decade. I very much want to see this continue with the help of the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru ministers within that government."


UPDATE: New Holyhead-Cardiff service will stop at Wrecsam.

14 comments:

Plaid Gwersyllt said...
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Anonymous said...

WAG have again taken a decision which adds very little value to to rail network of Wrexham by cutting the Holyhead to Birmingham service to allow WAG express 2 to pass through Wrexham.

This now means one less direct service from North East Wales to Birmingham, bypassing stations including Ruabon, Chirk and Gobowen.

People in North East Wales want good links across the border as well, they do not travel in circles within Wales!

Plaid Whitegate said...

Perhaps you could take that up with Deutsche Bahn and the rest of the privatised network in England - WAG has no control over that.

Anonymous said...

Interesting how WAG were so keen to see an Aberystwyth to London service to compete with Wrexham and Shropshire!

Plaid Whitegate said...

Paul, that was not the reason WSMR failed as you well know

Anonymous said...

Plaid Whitegate you clearly think I am someone else. As a regular rail user your attitude is appalling. Your party is in government and you keep ignoring this region.

Plaid Whitegate said...
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Plaid Whitegate said...

Try using your real name Anon - it's easier to engage with critics when they don't hide.

As for ignoring the region, WAG money enabled WSMR to stable its trains at Wxm rather than Shrewsbury. The knock on effects in terms of increased usage at Wxm, Ruabon and Chirk are evident - passenger numbers are up significantly more than Chester or Shrewsbury incidentally both in the past year and over the past 7 or 8 years.
The new WAG financed north-south express will travel via Wrecsam and the re-dualling of part of the Chester-Wxm line will soon mean that Gerallt Gymro can travel through Wxm too.
There's more to do of course, but that means having a strong voice speaking up for Wrecsam.

Anonymous said...

Effective lobbying by Plaid Cymru Councillors on Wrexham Council works again. What did Dutton and his crew do? Sit on their arses whingeing.

Anonymous said...

B*ll*cks - Wrexham loses direct service to Birmingham for a watered down North South express service

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11.49:
Just can win with you tossers; doesn't matter what WAG does you unionists (Lib Dems and Tories) will find fault.

GBH said...

Latest you gov poll shows the nationalists will lose 2 seats and Labour will gain 3. Still far short of what they need to govern on their own.

The question is will Plaid lose their North Wales regional seat to the Conservatives and will the Lib Dems lose theirs to UKIP?

GBH said...

Actaully the prediction of a 2 seat loss for Plaid is Peter Hain's .. the you gov poll suggests they could lose 5 (assuming they don't reclaim Oscar's seat in South Wales East)

Anonymous said...

Two totally irrelevant comments to the blog, by GBH, you need to stay on message!