Welcome to the Rail section of the Wrexham County Borough Council website, designed to explain the role that the Council plays in delivering train services. Underlined words in this section allow access to other pages and external websites.
The railway infrastructure (line and stations) is owned and operated by Network Rail (external link). The Wales rail franchise (also incorporating many English border counties) is managed by the Welsh Government (external link), the train services are currently provided by Arriva Trains Wales (external link). Virgin Trains (external link) operate a direct service from Wrexham via Chester to London Euston.
The stations within the County Borough are leased by Network Rail to Arriva Trains Wales who operate and maintain them.
Whilst Wrexham County Borough Council do not directly sponsor any of the train services it facilitates improvements at stations by utilisation of Transport Grant via Taith (external link), a regional transport consortium comprising the six local authorities of North Wales. Historical improvements include the development of the Bus/Rail Interchange and improved car park facilities at Ruabon Station. In 2011 a new interchange at Chirk Railway Station was completed, together with a further extension of the car park. At Wrexham General, under The National Station Improvement Programme, a lift to Platform 4 was installed, which enables disabled access to services on the Borderlands Line. Wrexham Central and Gwersyllt also saw Customer Information Screens Installed. In 2012 CCTV installations will be completed at Chirk, Ruabon and Wrexham General.
Wrexham County Borough Council are active members of the Chester – Shrewsbury Line Liaison Committee, the Borderlands Steering Group and the Mersey Dee Alliance (external link), actively seeking improvements in rail services and infrastructure.