Neston to Get Half Hourly Train Service - But You'll Have to Wait 3 Years
|Published: 5th June 2018 17:03|
A sliver of blue sky has appeared amongst Neston's transport clouds, with the announcement this week that the town will eventually get a half hourly train service.
A stormy day at Neston railway station - might the clouds finally be parting? Photo by PCSO Linda Conway
Transport for Wales has announced that the Wrexham to Bidston (Borderlands line) service that runs through Neston will be half hourly from December 2021.
In addition, fully refurbished metro trains will be introduced on the line to provide a half hourly timetable. Also Shotton and Wrexham General stations will be upgraded to facilitate the introduction of a metro style service.
The Wrexham Bidston Rail Users Association said: "In the meantime the WBRUA will continue to push for incremental improvements on the line at the earliest opportunity, such as an earlier first train in the morning and improved frequency after 6pm in the evening and on Sundays."
Neston's transport woes have been highlighted several times in recent years by local authorities including Justin Madders MP and Neston Town Council. Most recently there has been uproar over plans for the cancellation of the 272 bus service, which provides the only link for many people to reach Hooton Station and the more frequent train services from there.
Justin Madders MP has welcomed the recent news on rail services, which he hailed as a "huge boost for the town."
He said: "This is fantastic news for Neston and something that we have wanted to see for many years. These improvements simply would not be happening were it not for the efforts of campaigners.
"If the new provider gets the timetabling right, we should see a reliable route established for Neston residents to take advantage of employment and leisure opportunities in Liverpool and across North Wales.
"This is also a huge step in the right direction for the long-term aspiration of electrification for the line, which I will continue to make the case for. I will also push for a direct link to Liverpool."