I recently visited Tarmac Ltd in Hendre outside Mold to see the work they were undertaking and how raw materials excavated from Delyn are being used in infrastructure projects across the UK.
The quarry is part of the Tarmac group which is the UK’s largest supplier of construction materials. The resources extracted from Delyn have been used to construct the M6 motorway.
The £233 million M6 J16-19 Smart Motorway upgrade programme aims to conquer traffic congestion and reduce delays between Crewe and Knutsford by introducing new signalling technology, variable speed limits and converting the hard should to a traffic lane. Read more “Supporting Quarry Industry”
I have welcomed the news from Virgin Trains that they are continuing to investigate the possibility that Flint is included as a calling point for the 18:10 Euston-Holyhead service.
Recently, I wrote to Virgin Trains calling for:
• more action to be done to increase car parking facilities at Flint station;
• more services to call at Flint;
• greater emphasis on tourism and what Flintshire has to offer via rail companies; and
• improved services on trains. Read more “Virgin Trains – Improvements for Delyn”
I welcome the news announced by the UK Government to support the Crewe Hub vision, and to that end plans for HS2 Phase 2a will be modified to include:
• Provision of 400m platforms, extending Platform 5, to allow for the splitting and joining of HS2 services, which also opens opportunities to serve Stoke-On-Trent via HS2;
• A more efficient design for the proposed design for the proposed platform on the Manchester independent lines, incorporating a transfer deck to the main station; and
• A change to the design of the southern connection from HS2, so that HS2 joins (and takes over) the central two lines on the existing network. Read more “HS2 Crewe Hub”
Today I visited the rail upgrade works that have taken place in Flint to the North Wales mainline.
The investments to the North Wales mainline are worth £50 million and will see modern signalling incorporated into the line. The old signals dated back to the Victorian era. The new signals will dramatically improve the efficiency of the line and reduce delays.
Not only have the signals been updated but new track has been laid along the line which will enable trains heading either eastbound or westbound to change onto the opposite line. This is much needed as if a train breaks down on the line currently there is no way to go around it. Instead it has to be removed before trains can use the line again.
These upgrades are in their final seven weeks and will be completed by March. They will improve the reliability of the signals and the resilience of the line if a train breaks down.
This scheme was funded by the UK Department for Transport.
The investment of £50m into the North Wales mainline is much needed and welcomed. The new signals will mean that our train track is now in the 21st century. When the work is completed in March 2018 it will mean that we have a more reliable and resilient if a train breaks down.
There is still much more that needs to be done to ensure that we have access to a decent railway. I’m still pressing for electrification of the whole line and Delyn is still only served by one stop, Flint. We need to ensure that more communities can use the railways and connect them with people wishing to holiday or work in our towns and villages.
The North Wales Growth Deal is still to be settled and I will be working with my colleagues to ensure that funding for infrastructure investment is at its core.