Wrexham-Bidston Railway Line

Department for Transport written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the frequency of trains on the Wrexham to Bidston line.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Transport), Minister of State (London)

Train services on the Wrexham to Bidston line are operated by the Wales & Borders franchise. The Welsh Government rather than the Department specifies services in that franchise under the Welsh rail devolution arrangements. The current franchise finishes this October and the Welsh Government has appointed Keolis/Amey as the new franchise operator.

The Welsh Government’s announcement about the new franchise says that: ‘By the end of 2023, passengers will be able to take advantage of an additional 285 services each weekday across Wales (a 29 per cent increase). This will include improvements to the … Wrexham – Bidston line.’

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