Delyn MP David Hanson has in the House of Commons today called on the Conservative-led coalition to ensure that rail services in North Wales are not reduced.
David Hanson said:
“In a week when the Wrexham and Shopshire railway has closed – with services to end this Friday – there is a particular focus on rail services here in North Wales.
“The Government has said that the cost of the railways must come down but any efficiencies must not come at the expense of the train services in North Wales. Our rail service has improved so much over the last decade and is integral to our local economy.
“I will be responding to the rail franchising consultation and would encourage others to do the same. People in Flintshire want to see more and faster trains stopping in Flint with tickets at affordable prices.”
Notes to Editors:
Mr David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab): Will the Minister give an assurance that under the new franchise services to north Wales, in particular, will not be reduced, especially given the news this week that services from Wrexham to Marylebone will cease as of Friday?
Mrs Villiers: We are engaged in a consultation on the level of services and the configuration that will go into the west coast main line. We fully appreciate the importance of the services in Wales, including north Wales, and I would encourage the right hon. Gentleman to take part in the consultation. Of course, we are very much aware of passengers’ disappointment at the closure of the Wrexham and Shropshire service, and we will take that on board in the decisions that we make on the west coast line