An Assembly Member, who has long been calling for improved direct rail links between Liverpool and North Wales, has welcomed this week’s announcement that work to reinstate the ‘Halton Curve’ is underway.
New services that will unlock leisure and business opportunities between the Liverpool City Region, its airport, Cheshire and North Wales will be made possible through the re-signalling and upgrading of 1.5 miles of existing single direction track on the ‘Halton Curve'.
Work has now started on site and is due to be completed by May 2018, with services due to operate between Liverpool and Chester from December 2018 and plans for services to be extended into Wales in the future.
Clwyd West AM Darren Millar, who over the years has repeatedly called on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to restore direct rail services between Liverpool and North Wales, said:
“I have been campaigning for years to get a direct service between North Wales and Liverpool reinstated so I am absolutely delighted that these works are underway.
"Liverpool is an important commercial centre and improving transport links will provide a huge boost to the North Wales economy in terms of access to jobs and promoting tourism. Shifting passengers from road to rail is also good for the environment.
“The new services will generate 250,000 new rail trips annually and will take more than 170,000 car journeys per year off the roads, helping reduce traffic and congestion on key routes such as the M56 and A55.
"North Wales has not enjoyed a direct rail link with Liverpool since the 1970s, when it was incredibly popular for shoppers, commuters and tourists.
“This is a very exciting development and I look forward to seeing the huge benefits it will bring to North Wales.”