TRANSPORT for Wales have appointed a Development Director for North Wales, a key role in transforming transport across the country.

Based in Wrexham, Lee Robinson joins Transport for Wales with a wealth of experience, having previously held post as Director of Economy and Place for nine years at Wrexham Council.

Having worked closely on developing the regional transport network in North Wales, he is now excited about the prospect of investing in and improving the current transport links.

Transport for Wales is at the start of a very exciting journey to transform the transport sector throughout the whole of Wales through driving forward the Welsh Government’s vision of a high quality, safe, integrated, affordable and accessible transport network.

As part of the development of the North Wales Metro, the region will be the first to benefit from the addition of fully refurbished trains this year. In addition to this North Wales will receive newly built trains as part of an £800 million investment by 2023.

Speaking about his new role, Lee Robinson said:

“Over the next 15 years we will see over £5 billion invested into the transport sector across Wales. This will have a direct positive impact on our local economies and communities, and it’s great to be part of such a new organisation with a holistic vision for Wales.

“I’m looking forward to using my broad experience to develop good working relationships throughout North Wales and across the border. Transport is essential to the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales and I’m excited to start progressing with improvements in the region.

“As someone who is passionate about the region and its communities, I’m particularly encouraged with the imminent developments such as the introduction of new services between Chester and Liverpool this spring. These positive changes will have a direct impact on the economic development of the area.”

James Price, Transport for Wales CEO, said: “We are pleased to announce that we have appointed Lee Robinson as our new Development Director for North Wales, Lee brings a depth of experience and skills that will be vital to our future works. We’re at the start of an exciting journey at Transport for Wales to create a transport network that the people of North Wales can be proud of.”