More than £10 million Welsh Government funding is being invested in modernising transport infrastructure and services in Wrexham, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates has announced.
The significant investment and working with Wrexham Council will see a multi-model integrated transport system established which will be a major boost to the area.
The Cabinet Secretary shared the news following a visit to Wrexham General Railway Station where proposals for a transport hub are currently being developed. The plans at Wrexham General include better bus and active travel access as well as park and ride opportunities.
There will also be improved connectivity between Wrexham General and the main bus station. A review of the bus network to improve connectivity to key locations within and beyond the town centre will also take place and Welsh Government funding will be allocated to improving passenger experience at Wrexham Bus Station.
The Cabinet Secretary also announced a commitment to progressing with the development of solutions to improve Junctions 3 to 6 on the A483 to address congestion issues in the area.
The developments are part of ‘Moving North Wales Forward – Our Vision for North Wales and the North East Wales Metro’ which details the Welsh Government’s commitment to improving the transport network across the region.
A further important development is the commitment to establish a Transport for Wales business unit in North Wales to support the delivery of these projects.
Funding has also been secured from the UK Government to develop a business case to look at improving journey time and capacity along the North Wales main railway line and the Wrexham-Bidston route.
Ken Skates said: “I’m delighted to announce £10 million of Welsh Government funding is being invested in Wrexham which will improve transport links and connect people to jobs and services.
“Work on modernising transport services and infrastructure in Wrexham and Deeside is moving at pace and our focus is now shifting from planning and development into delivery.
“I am committed to seeing an integrated transport system in the region that works for everyone. A system that will better connect people, improve the journey experience and provide a boost to the North Wales economy.
“My vision is about spreading prosperity and supporting economic development across all parts of the region including maximising opportunities from the Northern Powerhouse. It will not only deliver growth in our economy, but also achieve social, environmental, health and cultural benefits.
“Of course, better connectivity is a matter which goes beyond our boundaries as each day thousands of people cross either side of the border for work. As a result, I set up the Transport Steering Group which has brought key partners together from North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire, and has already proved vital in ensuring our vision becomes a reality. I am also proposing to strengthen our presence in the region by establishing a Transport for Wales business unit to support with delivering our planned transport investments.
“The North East Wales metro is a significant part of our plans which will make it easier for people to travel using public transport and break the barriers which currently faces them doing so. Early next year I will be focussing on our investments in North West Wales.
“Over the coming years, the Welsh Government is investing hundreds of millions of pounds in transport infrastructure in North Wales which is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the area.”
Wrexham’s AM Lesley Griffiths has long-campaigned for infrastructure improvements in the region and said: “Welsh Labour’s plans for a North East Wales Metro are progressing and I am delighted Wrexham is benefiting from this substantial investment. It is clear the Welsh Labour Government recognises the importance of investing in and improving our region’s infrastructure and transport links.”
“Coupled with the completion of the £49m project to redouble a section of the line between Wrexham and Chester, these latest exciting developments will no doubt make a positive difference to commuters in Wrexham and the surrounding areas.”
Cllr Samantha Dixon, Chair of Growth Track 360, the campaign for rail improvements for North Wales and Cheshire, welcomed today’s announcement saying: “This a huge step forward in bringing our ambitious plans to improve rail and access to rail services to fruition. These improvements will help deliver real benefits to residents and businesses and help unlock our cross-border economy. We will continue to make the case for Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales to attract investment in our transport system.”