I’ve regularly highlighted in this column how important it is for people to get their Covid-19 vaccination. Many will be aware the rollout of the booster programme is presently the focus of Health Boards across the country but as we enter the winter months, I also want to encourage all eligible people in Wrexham to make sure they get their free flu jab. Back in August the Welsh Government announced its largest ever winter vaccination programme. In addition to the Covid booster rollout, the flu vaccination programme would be extended to all those aged over 50 and all secondary school children. Vaccination is particularly important for those who are older, pregnant, or have a health condition and are more vulnerable to complications as a result of the infections. The simple fact is the chances of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 or flu are greatly reduced by vaccination, as are the risks of spreading these viruses. Getting vaccinated means we have a better chance of keeping Wales open and keeping people safe this winter. The process is simple and effective. For most eligible people, the flu vaccines are available from either your GP or community pharmacy. I recently popped into Rhostyllen pharmacy and received my flu jab. The staff were extremely helpful and it was done in minutes. I urge others in Wrexham to do the same.

New maps have been unveiled showcasing the enormous scale of the Welsh Metro project. The maps, which cover both North and South Wales, illustrate the ambitious short and longer term plans that the programme will deliver. In March, the Welsh Government committed £9m to the North Wales Metro and the latest images show the priorities up until 2029. This includes major improvements at main stations, the creation of three new stations at Broughton, Deeside and Greenfield and frequency enhancements all the way from Wrexham to Bangor. The second image highlights the longer term ambitions, including electrification of the North Wales main line and new stations in both the north and south of Wrexham. Delivering the £1bn project will be one of the most ambitious and complex programmes the Welsh Government has ever undertaken.

Finally, it was a pleasure visiting Ysgol Plas Coch to take part in a question-and-answer session with pupils from Year 5 and 6. The children had clearly done their homework as there were lots of interesting and insightful questions! Diolch yn fawr iawn.

If you are a constituent in Wrexham and there is an issue I can help you with, please email me via lesley.griffiths@senedd.wales or call my office: 01978 355743.