After the recent unfortunate strike at Arriva Trains Wales, it’s great to see there’s some good news concerning rail travel again throughout the area.
As part of a national advancement of the rail networks which will see upgrades to all kinds of trains up to high-speeds, North Wales will be reaping the benefits with plenty of job opportunities opening up once the new network is in place.
Crewe will be receiving the new line extension by an estimate of 2027, which is at least six years earlier than early plans had indicated.
Secretary of State for Wales Mr Crabb said: “I want North Wales to have world class infrastructure to boost jobs, attract investment and grow the economy. HS3 and the planned hub station at Crewe will cut journey times for passengers, improve connectivity and create new opportunities for businesses right across the region.
“I will be looking carefully at how North Wales can derive the maximum benefit from both of these schemes.”
The HS3 line has been backed in the past by David Cameron and George Osbourne. The new development would see a decrease in time spent on the train from Liverpool to Leeds by almost half an hour from 88 minutes to 60 minutes.
Anglesey Labour MP Albert Owen welcomed the investment in Crewe, saying: “Yes, we need to see infra-structural improvements on the North Wales line and I have made this case to not only the rail operators but also politicians in Cardiff and London.
“But having a hub at Crewe allows a connection into HS2 from North Wales and significantly reduces journey times between Holyhead and London to under three hours.”
Opinion is quite clearly divided amongst politicians in the area but as long as the north of Wales manages to keep up to speed with the rest of the UK, the future of rail travel throughout the region could be a bright one.
“Deganwy train” by www.flickr.com/photos/brianac37/, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ – 29/10/2014