Disappointed with rail line proposals [...]; LETTERS.
I attended the Network Rail "Drop In" at Rossett Village Hall last Monday afternoon to learn more about Welsh Governments PS49 million contract with Network Rail which commences on the May 31, with a completion date early in 2015.
I came away from the "Drop In presentation" very disappointed, I already knew Welsh Government had cancelled two miles of dual tracks between Gresford to Wrexham General station, I was under the impression the reduced dual tracks to be constructed between Saltney Junction and Rossett will allow three trains an hour to run each way instead of the current one train an hour in either direction.
I was shocked to learn from Network Rail staff that no extra paths for trains is part of the PS49 million Welsh Government contract, other than a maybe one extra train path every two hours between Wrexham and Chester.
The sole reason for the redouble between Saltney & Rossett I was told was just to speed up trains between Cardiff and Holyhead by a few minutes.
Network Rail confirmed no extra capacity or extra paths for future trains was requested by Welsh Government for the majority of travellers who travel from Wrexham to the North West of England or London, even though Network Rail and Welsh Government I was told were fully aware few people travel Between Wrexham and Cardiff.
What is even more alarming, the Welsh Government have not even considered the extra passengers using the rail service the new prison will create or the thousands of extra houses to be built within the county.
It is already proposed rail travel will increase by 38% over the next 20 years, yet the PS49 million Welsh Government contract takes no account of future use, to simply spend public money on a political whim to speed up North/South trains by a few minutes, without any consideration of local passengers requirements or growth in passenger numbers, is in my opinion a grave and costly mistake by the Cardiff Government's use of its funds.
I hope the Welsh Government recognises Wrexham's known need for extra rail services and future capacity by reinstating the two miles of double track between Gresford and Wrexham General.
There is not one other Railway infrastructure scheme current or future which does not take into account future use, extra paths or capacity in South Wales, so why is Wrexham the largest town in North Wales being so side lined in this PS49million scheme? We deserve better than one overcrowded train an hour for years to come.
Bob Hargreaves, Bwlchgwyn.