Yesterday, I asked the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, when the government was going to electrify the north Wales rail network. When the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, visited north Wales during the General Election he promised to ‘take a look’ at proposals. However, there has been no update in the six months since he visited.
I asked the Secretary of State to clarify if ‘take a look’ meant look at and implement or just look at?
For too long the government has forgotten about north Wales. We are an integral part of the economy with thousands of jobs linked to the renewables sector and people who commute daily to Liverpool, Manchester and Chester. We need rail electrification to bring about cleaner and more efficient trains to our area.
The Crewe to north Wales electrification project would bring quicker travel times and more jobs to Flintshire. The government give much talk of the investment outside of the south of England, but we are yet to see any action.