£1bn vision includes new rail link from Liverpool Airport

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UK: A major campaign has been launched to secure £1bn of rail improvements for North Wales, Cheshire and Wirral, linking the regions with the planned HS2 line between London and the North of England.

The campaign – called Growth track 360 – is being led by a cross-border alliance of business, political and public sector leaders.

The campaign is calling for:

  • the electrification of the line from Crewe to North Wales so the region can be linked to HS2 and fast London trains can continue to Bangor and Holyhead
  • the doubling of frequency of trains between the North Wales Coast Line and Wrexham to Manchester through Chester
  • the investment in new, modern, better equipped rolling stock
  • creating new services between Liverpool and Liverpool Airport to North Wales and Wrexham via Chester (Halton Curve)
  • doubling journey frequency between Wrexham and Liverpool via Deeside and Bidston.

Linked to the proposals would be improvements to stations to upgrade facilities and capacity and the creation of a smart ticketing system to make journey planning cheaper and easier.

Also being sought is a new approach to franchises to improve services and upgrades to signalling and line speeds to enhance journey times.

The campaign is being driven by the North Wales and Mersey Dee Rail Task Force (NW&MD) and has the backing of the region’s eight local authorities, the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, the Mersey Dee Alliance, the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, the North Wales Business Council and the West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce.