"This is fantastic news for Neston and something that we have wanted to see for many years"
Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has welcomed confirmation that train services serving Neston will double in frequency to line to 2 trains per hour, with fully refurbished metro trains.
The MP has been campaigning for improvements to the service since he was elected and has hailed the news as a “huge boost for the town.”
The announcement comes as rail powers are devolved to the Welsh Government, which has contracted KeolisAmey to operate and develop the service.
Madders set up a petition, and worked alongside local Councillors Louise Gittins and Andy Williams, Neston Town Council and Wrexham Bidston Rail Users’ Association to call for the improvements. He was also instrumental in establishing the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Mersey Dee to improve links between the cross-border areas of North Wales, the Wirral and Cheshire West and Chester. Through the group, local MPs were able to meet with Cabinet Ministers in both the Welsh and UK Governments, and lobby for improvements to services.
The new timetable and improved trains will be operational from December 2021.
Commenting, Justin Madders MP 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.”