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The Transport Secretary made an announcement today that Stagecoach could no longer run the East Coast Mainline – which they deliver in partnership with Virgin. The Government will now have to step in to take action and ensure that passenger journeys are not disrupted.

But I wanted to raise questions over the future of the West Coast Mainline. In particular I pointed out to the Secretary of State that if he ran he could catch the 6.10 train to Flint from Euston and it would cost him an eye-watering £283 for a return ticket. I wanted to know if he believed a new ticket under the next franchise will be the same price or possibly lower.

He stated that it was merely a last minute fare that meant the prices were high. But it still costs over £80 for an advanced fare. Hardly an affordable rate. A serious conversation is needed on the future of our railways to ensure that customers get the best deal.

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The Secretary of State delivered a statement to the Commons outlining how the UK Government was going to change the UK railways. From the way the private companies interact with the publicly owned rail maintenance body, to reopening of lines closed by the Beeching review.

I used this opportunity to press the minister on the progress of the North Wales Growth Deal – which we are repeatedly promised but have yet to see – and what steps the UK Government is taking to ensure that the North Wales Metro is given funding and support. We need a decent railway to link North Wales with North West England. If this government drags its heels again it will damage our local economy.