RENEWED calls have been made for improved rail links to North Wales.
Speaking at a debate on transport links between England and Wales, Delyn, Labour MP David Hanson made the case for improved east-west rail links.
He also asked for electrification of lines in North Wales and the full integration of the region into plans for HS2 and other English transport schemes.
Mr Hanson called on the government to consider the importance of greater cross-border connectivity north to Liverpool and east to Cheshire for businesses and commuters.
He has previously stressed the need to ensure Flintshire residents can make the most of the new lines and have easier access to Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Ellesmere Port.
Mr Hanson said: “Improved rail links are vital in building a prosperous, happy and successful community and it’s important to me to take every opportunity I can to raise this with the government.
“Many people in this area, businesses and others, would welcome electrification of the rail line and better integration with planned and existing transport infrastructure in England.
“Not being able to use their bus passes after travelling down the road simply doesn’t make sense.
“If this government is serious about avoiding a triple dip recession then it needs to urgently look at the possibility of bringing better transport links to north Wales and the economic benefits that would bring.”