Welsh Government sets out plans for a North East Wales Metro
Welsh Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates announced his vision for transport improvements in North Wales which will provide sustainable, reliable, efficient and quality integrated transport links for the region.
The “‘Moving North Wales Forward – Our Vision for North Wales and the North East Wales Metro” strategy outlines how ambitious proposals will help connect people, communities and businesses to jobs, facilities and services across the region, with the North East Wales Metro integral to these plans.
“Modernising the transport network across North Wales and delivery of an integrated North East Wales Metro are key priorities for the Welsh Government. Brexit will mean it is more important than ever to have good connections to markets across the Wales – England border, which already sees around one million journeys per month. Direct links to and from key centres in the Northern Powerhouse, the Midlands and to London and direct public transport services to airports and key rail hubs will all help to drive economic growth,” Skates said.
According to the Secretary, he has already committed £600 million (EUR 694 million) for transport infrastructure improvements across the region whilst working hard to secure an additional £41 million (EUR 47.4 million) of EU funding for transport schemes in the region.
“I am proud to launch our vision for a fully integrated North East Wales Metro system which will transform transport links in North East Wales. This will be supported by our ongoing work on the future of local bus services, and by the new Wales and borders rail franchise which will be in place from 2018”, he said.