Transport For Wales Railway Fiasco

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  • #159680

    wxmlad
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    What a nightmare for local rail users this must be on the Bidston Line. The silence is deafening from our local MP, Mr Lucas & Wrexham Council.
    Yet another fine mess living in a labour run Wales

    #159695

    Matt
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    As Lucas and the council have nothing to do with running the trains – surely the questions should be aimed at Ken Skates AM – he is Transport secretary after all.

    #159701

    Born Acorn
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    I hope we’re going to penalise KeolisAmey, they’re the company running the franchise and and have failed to account for PRM upgrades and seasonal outages combined.

    #159729

    Birdman
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    #159730

    Born Acorn
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    Now it appears Arriva stopped ordering spares months ago, which is something I’d read elsewhere a couple of days ago.

    Didn’t know they took the wheel lathes with them though. That would paralyse the repairing of “square wheels” caused by slippery rails.

    #159731

    Rex Ham
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    Born Acorn writes: Now it appears Arriva stopped ordering spares months ago, which is something I’d read elsewhere a couple of days ago.
    Didn’t know they took the wheel lathes with them though. That would paralyse the repairing of “square wheels” caused by slippery rails.

    If this is true, and I don’t know either way, it makes the franchise business even more of a fiasco. What happened to due diligence, or even a note on a fag packet.

    Give the Wrexham-Bidston line to Mersey Rail so we can have trains running directly into Liverpool.

    #159743
    dagg
    dagg
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    I agree Mersey Rail might be a good option, But would they want it?.

    #159748

    NPWXLanes
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    Agree, Mersey Rail is the best option if they want to take it on. Get all those people from the wirral down here to visit the football museum

    #159751

    Rex Ham
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    From Wikipedia “Welsh Economy Secretary, Ken Skates, stated that the Welsh government were in an advanced stage of talks with Merseytravel about running a direct service from Wrexham to Liverpool”.

    Lets get writing to Mr Skates!!!!

    • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 2 days ago by  Rex Ham.
    #159783

    Born Acorn
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    Merseyrail would be fine, but they only have electric trains due to diesel being banned in the loop line under Liverpool. You’d need to electrify the entire line to Wrexham Central, which was estimated to cost at least £207 million several years ago.

    I believe the above quote refers to heavy rail via Chester and Frodsham through the recently reopened Halton Curve.

    See here

    A spokeswoman for Transport for Wales said: “We’re working to introduce new services from May 2019 between Chester and Liverpool Lime Street and also extending two of these services to serve Wrexham.

    This has been delayed to May 2019 due to a.. you guessed it… shortage of trains.

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