Transport Minister Carl Sargeant says the Welsh Government will develop a business case for the electrification of the north Wales main railway line. He says it will be a robust case, emphasising the social, economic and environmental benefits.
I want to see rail operations across Wales developed to achieve enhanced services with efficiency savings leading to a fairer deal for passengers and taxpayers. Modernising the north Wales rail line is a key element of this ambition and has the potential of greatly improving the rail services and unlocking economic growth for the region, which will in turn help tackle poverty.
As well as the main line from Holyhead to Crewe, the Welsh Government will also see if a convincing case can be made for electrifying the line from Wrexham to Chester. Electrification from Wrexham to Bidston will also be considered. This would allow trains to run through to Liverpool.
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