The £5 billion investment and improvement programme being implemented across Wales’ rail network will benefit not only commuters but also communities, with the creation of more jobs and learning opportunities and also the prospect of reduced fares, according the Welsh Government.

KeolisAmey will replace Arriva Trains Wales in a 15 year deal which runs from 4 June, 2018 until 16 October, 2033, with KeolisAmey taking over the Wales and Borders rail service from Arriva Trains Wales on 14th October, 2018.

The new operators have said while the changes would not happen overnight, Wales’ railway would be ‘unrecognisable’ in five years time. Arriva has run the Wales rail franchise since 2003.

On Monday morning, September 3rd, Arfon Constituency Labour Party will be leafleting commuters at Bangor station to raise awareness of the commitment by the Welsh Labour Government to Welsh rail services, especially those announced to improve services across North Wales.

The improvements will include:

  • A new fleet of trains on the North Wales coast by 2022
  • Increasing the frequency of trains and services
  • A direct train between Bangor and Manchester airport
  • The introduction of a new app to assist commuters in finding the lowest fares
  • Reducing “walk up” and season fares to encourage rail travel
  • 600 extra staff will be required throughout Wales and 450 new apprenticeships will be created
  • Free travel for under 11 year old, half price travel for 16-18 year olds and free off-peak travel

Wales as a whole will benefit greatly from the announced improvements and investments in a rail service that has been deteriorating more and more and providing less value for money over the last few years.

The Chair of Arfon Constituency Labour Party, Adrian Sharratt, said: “The Welsh Government should be commended on achieving the best possible result within the restrictions imposed by this Tory Government. We should see a major improvement in the services across Wales with vital improvements coming on stream here in North Wales over the coming years.

The Welsh Labour Government has attempted to bring the rail service in Wales back into public ownership but has faced severe opposition from the Conservative Westminster Government resulting in their request being refused.

Adrian Sharratt added: “This is a major commitment by the Welsh Labour Government and should be applauded. We look forward to a Labour Government in Westminster to ensure we can take the next step with the full integration of all rail services.”

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