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North Wales Metro initiative picks up speed

Words: Roger Milne

Transport minister Ken Skates (pictured) has spelled out government plans to increase the percentage of people travelling to work to Deeside by train as he issued a progress report this week on the North Wales Metro initiative.

Skates pointed out that service frequency on the Wexham to Bidtson line would be doubled from 2021 as a result of changes to the Wales and Borders franchise.

“Building on this we are developing schemes for an integrated Shotton station, making it easier for people to interchange between the North Wales Coast and Wrexham and Bidston line and for a Deeside Parkway station.

“Together these schemes will also improve access to the strategic rail network for the residents and businesses of Flintshire and Wrexham,” he said.

The minister claimed that the Metro was taking shape particularly in Deeside where, in partnership with Transport for Wales and Flintshire County Council, the administration was delivering a green transport system at the Deeside Industrial Park – one of the most important employment areas in Wales, with 260 companies and 9,000 jobs.

As well as a supporting a growing network of active travel paths, he pointed out that the government was funding new buses for the Deeside Shuttle service and a park-and-ride site at the industrial park, designed to reduce the number of vehicles needing to travel into the park.

Also on the cards are improvements to bus routes along the A548 / B5129 corridor through Flintshire and into the park.
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