North Wales Metro
North Wales Metro or North East Wales Metro is a series of improvements to the transport network that were proposed in early 2017 and is part of Welsh Labour's plan for North Wales. Labour has pledged to open the system by 2035. The proposals were included in the 2018 Wales & Borders franchise contest. The Metro is conceptually a multi-modal system with a combination of bus, heavy rail and light rail services linking major settlements and employment areas with hubs located in Wrexham, Chester and Deeside.
Proposals include new stations at Deeside Industrial Estate and North Wrexham, upgrades to railway stations, and new bus routes to improve connections. Further upgrades to existing rail routes are also proposed.
As part of the new Wales & Borders franchise, operated by Transport for Wales Rail, it has been announced that modernisation of the Borderlands Line between Wrexham and Bidston will be the first phase of the North Wales Metro. Electro-diesel Class 230 Metro trains will be deployed in 2019, with services increased to 2 trains per hour in each direction from 2021, one as a stopping service and the other as an express with limited stops.
In April 2018, a cash boost of £1.2 million was award to the proposed scheme which included a new station at Deeside.
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