THIRTEEN railway stations along the 'Borderlands line' between Wrexham and Upton in Wirral are next in line for a £280,000 spruce-up.

It is part of Transport for Wales' (TfW) plan to make stations better, more welcoming places.

Work begins at Neston at the end of this month before progressing along the other 12 TfW managed stations on the route.

The investment is part of the wider £194 million Station Improvement Vision across all 247 stations.

Customers can expect to see:

  • Deep cleaning
  • Rebranding of shelters
  • Cutting back overgrown vegetation
  • Station rebranding in the new Transport for Wales colours
  • New signage
  • Relining of car parks

The works will take approximately 40 weeks to complete.

Customer Experience Director for Transport for Wales, Colin Lea, said the work was "another important step in rolling out improvements to people across the network".

He said: "Our station improvement vision really is for everybody and will make such a difference to the impression customers get when using our services and travelling to or from the communities we serve.

"The Borderlands line provides a vital link between north Wales and the Wirral, connecting communities to mainline services which is so important for those economies."

Longer term there will be further investment in the stations from different funding streams within the station improvement budget that will see:

  • New CCTV cameras
  • Improved customer information screens
  • Additional platform seating
  • Refurbished waiting rooms

The investment has been welcomed locally too.

A spokesman for Flintshire County Council said: "Flintshire County Council are delighted with the commitment from Transport for Wales’ to invest in the 13 stations that form the Borderlands Line from Wrexham Central through to Upton.’

"These improvements further compliment planned investments at both Shotton Station and Deeside Industrial Park and the forthcoming introduction of the new 230 Class trains along the line. This will provide the foundation of a modern and accessible rail service, increasing commuter potential for both Flintshire residents and surrounding region.‘’

Cllr David Bithell, Wrexham County Borough Council's Lead Member for environment and transport also welcomed the investment in station improvements.

He said: "Cleaner, safer and more welcoming places encourages people to use public transport. The Wrexham to Bidston railway is key given the commitment of future 30 minute services in the new franchise as well as new trains being introduced along this route."

Ken Skates, Minister for Transport and Economy, added: “These are significant improvements in the short-term and the long-term, complementing the plans for better transport and business links around the station as part of the Wrexham Gateway Project.

“It is a clear example of the difference Transport for Wales are making and form part of the exciting and ambitious plans for rail travel in this region. We’ve been clear on the need for infrastructure improvements in North Wales and this investment along the Borderlands line will deliver significant benefits for passengers.”