I welcome the news from Virgin Trains that they are investigating the possibility of more trains stopping at Flint on its London Euston to Holyhead route.
This comes following lobbying by myself for more trains to service Delyn.
In a letter from Virgin Trains, I was informed that they:
“…are exploring the possibility of adding Flint as a calling point on the 18.10 service from London Euston. The earliest this change could be implemented is the December 2018 Timetable changes.”
I am pleased to hear that Virgin Trains are considering adding an additional service to Delyn. As we only have one train station it is important that we can build upon the number of trains stopping in Flint. I continually work to press Virgin Trains to increase their services to our town as we deserve to be well-connected with London, Holyhead and have fast access to hub stations such as Crewe.
If this goes ahead it will be an excellent boost to our local economy. Not only will it mean that Flint will only be little over two hours from London – helping businesses forge strong links with the capital – but it will ensure that Flint can become the gateway station to North Wales. I know that many businesses are taking advantage of our links to the railway network and I want to help them build upon that. The stronger these businesses can become the more decent jobs they can provide.
This builds upon the work I am doing with Holywell Town Council to see a new station opened for Holywell and Greenfield. It is clear that the more interconnected our towns and villages the more they can thrive. I will keep pressing for more investment so that Delyn residents can benefit.
I am deeply concerned at the speed in which this Government takes decisions on transport investment. The expansion of Heathrow airport has constantly been kicked into the long grass despite an independent review stating it was the best option.
The failure to expand Heathrow is worrying as the promises to make Crewe a hub for HS2 may never happen if the Government live up to form. The hub at Crewe will directly benefit us as we will have quicker links to Manchester, Birmingham and London. This is good for people wanting to visit North Wales, but is equally as good for businesses who currently operate in our community.
I pressed the Minister to tell us when Heathrow and the hub at Crewe will be given the green light so businesses and people in Delyn can plan accordingly.
I have signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 171, which calls on the UK Government to extend toll-free access to the Mersey Gateway and Jubilee Bridge for residents in the Mersey-Dee area.
The EDM reads: Read more “Toll-free access to Mersey Gateway and Jubilee Bridge”
I have co-signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, with MPs from North East Wales, Cheshire and beyond calling on Crewe to be made a hub train station when HS2 is completed.
Stakeholders across our region are agreed that we need Crewe to be a hub on the HS2 network that can provide good regional connectivity to North Wales, Cheshire and neighbouring counties. In order to function effectively as a hub and deliver 360 degree connectivity, the end solution must deliver the right frequency and extent of HS2 services, provide good cross platform connections for local services to HS2, and not result in any constrained capacity for classic train services to access and use the existing station.
In the view of all those that signed the letter, the proposals that we understand to have been under consideration fall short of being able to achieve these outcomes. We fear that unless the right solution is put in place now, as part of the once-in-a-generation investment that HS2 represents, our region will continue to under-perform for decades to come. Read more “HS2 and Delyn”