20th May 2019
A new hourly Transport for Wales service commenced today between North Wales and Cheshire to Liverpool. With the reopening of the Halton Curve, 215 services have been added per week and the improved connectivity will be a boost to the region. The introduction of these services has also resulted in the creation of 30 new jobs.
The service will be hourly from Chester and will call at Helsby, Frodsham, Runcorn, Liverpool South Parkway (for John Lennon Airport) and Liverpool Lime Street. There will also be two direct services from Wrexham General and one direct service in the other direction.
The first train departed at 6.35am this morning, where an event took place with the Minister for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates in attendance. The Minister then boarded the first service to Liverpool.
Minister for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates said:
“I’m delighted to be launching the new Transport for Wales rail services between North Wales and Cheshire to Liverpool. “Each day thousands of commuters travel between North Wales and North West England meaning excellent rail connectivity is vital to the economy on both sides of the border. By providing 215 new services per week, we will strengthen links with our cross-border neighbours which will create important economic and social opportunities. Improving access will also provide a boost to our local communities and regional tourism sector, attracting more visitors to Wales. I’d like to thank all partners involved in this project and I look forward to continuing our close working relationship for the benefit of all rail users.”
James Price, Transport for Wales CEO said:
"Transport for Wales is investing £5 billion to transform the transport sector throughout the Wales and Borders network and we're incredibly excited to see the introduction of the new services linking north Wales and Cheshire with Liverpool. It will be a major economic boost for the area and the fact Transport for Wales are delivering 215 brand new services a week, really underpins our commitment to building a better transport network for all.
"This project saw an immense amount of hard work, dedication and investment by so many individuals and agencies and shows just what can be achieved by collaborative working. We are approaching our first six months at Transport for Wales and this is another important milestone as we continue to deliver our vision."
Author: Darren Porter
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