The UK Government has announced that it will be undertaking a review into HS2. I noted to the Secretary of State that investment has been put aside for the scheme as it would benefit North Wales directly via the Crewe interchange. Losing HS2 would be bad for Delyn as companies in our area will lose the business they have been promised. Plus, it will mean that transport spending for the North Wales and North West England corridor has been stopped by the current UK Government.
I wanted to know what opportunities the Welsh Government will have to feed into this review to ensure that the UK Government knows of the disruption it will cause to our local economy if they pull out of HS2.
Last July the Department of Transport announced that it was to roll-out a scheme to fund more charging points for vehicles across the country.
Towns in Delyn are already beating the UK Government on this. Holywell recently installed its new charging point, making it an even better place than it already is to stop off and visit, through a Town Council scheme in partnership with Tesco.
Sadly, the lack of answer from the Minister spoke a thousand words. Instead of telling us how many points have been installed since last July he simply pointed out that another scheme was to be announced. Announcements and fanfare are all well and good, but we need action to tackle climate change. We need to move away from petrol and diesel towards electric and hydrogen and this can only be done if the infrastructure is in place.
It was announced this week that the Department of Transport is to cancel all the no deal contracts it had in place with ferry companies. This will cost the taxpayers £50million. This comes on top of the £33million that the Department had to settle with Eurotunnel as it did not undertake due process when drafting these, now cancelled, contracts.
I asked the Minister if she could assure us that these ferry companies wouldn’t get double bubble in the event of a no deal Brexit in October. This is because the UK Government is still adamant that this could be an outcome for Brexit – despite Parliament voting it down on multiple occasions.
The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, has cost the taxpayers £2.7billion whilst in Government. It is time for him to go and stop wasting our money.
I have called on the UK Transport Minister to extend the services from Liverpool Lime Street to the North Wales coast following the reopening of the Halton Curve.
The investment in the Halton Curve, worth £16m, means that rail services from Liverpool Lime Street to Wrexham will reopen a direct service for the first time in decades. The Curve may only be 1.5miles of track, but it ensures that there is a link between the Chester/Warrington Line with the Liverpool/Crewe Line at Frodsham Junction.
Before the investment in the track there was only one scheduled service a week during the summer, but the new investment – which I have campaigned for for many years – means that there will be an hourly service in both directions between Liverpool and Chester. Read more “Transport Questions: Extending Liverpool Lime Street services to Flint”