Call for update on plans for direct Liverpool-North Wales rail service

Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Millar has called for an update from the Welsh Government on plans to provide a direct rail service between Liverpool and North Wales.

Darren, who campaigned for years to get a direct service between North Wales and Liverpool reinstated, was delighted when Arriva Trains Wales announced plans to do this. He was therefore concerned that there has been no news regarding the new service since Transport for Wales, which is being delivered by KeolisAmey and the Welsh Government, took over the operation of Wales and Borders from Arriva Trains Wales last October

Raising the matter in the Senedd this week during the Business Statement he said:

“Arriva Trains Wales were planning to introduce direct services to Liverpool from North Wales in December of last year along the Halton curve, which, of course, has been improved to accommodate these, yet there's no news at all from Transport for Wales as to when those services will be re-established. The last time they ran was back in the 1960s and, of course, these are extremely important for the North Wales economy.”

Finance Minister and Trefnydd, Rebecca Evans AM,  told Darren that “the improvements should be in place by May” and that “there was a delay as a result of some scheduling changes”.

Darren added:

“While it is disappointing that there has been a delay, I am pleased to hear that the improvements will hopefully be in place by Spring. Liverpool is an important commercial centre and improving transport links will provide a huge boost to the North Wales economy in terms of access to jobs and promoting tourism.”