TODAY Transport Secretary Mark Harper will host a roundtable to discuss the Government’s plan to upgrade the North Wales Main Line.

In October, the UK Government announced it would reallocate every penny of the £36bn of savings from HS2 into hundreds of local transport projects to strengthen connections across the United Kingdom.

This is part of the long-term plan to improve interconnectivity, build a stronger economy, and encourage growth.

As part of this, an unprecedented £1 billion was committed to bring parts of North Wales within an hour of Manchester through a major upgrade of the North Wales Main Line, including electrification.

The project aims to deliver more punctual and reliable journeys on the 126-mile route between Crewe, Warrington, Wrexham and Holyhead, where ferry services run to Dublin.

There have been several calls for improvements to rail services across north Wales in recent months.

The Transport Secretary will convene local MPs, councillors and business leaders in Llandudno on Friday morning to discuss how the project will benefit the region.


Speaking ahead of the engagement today, Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “The North Wales Main Line is a vital transport link and our billion-pound plan will deliver faster and more reliable rail services for passengers in North Wales and the North West of England.

“Our plan is made possible by our decision to reallocate every penny of the £36bn saved from HS2 into hundreds of transport projects across the UK, this major upgrade will improve rail journeys, improve connections to jobs and help grow the economy.

“I look forward to meeting local leaders and businesses today to discuss the benefits this project will bring.”