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The Future of Rail in Wrexham - The aspirations of Wrexham County Borough Council

This document sets out the aspirations of Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) in terms of rail services and infrastructure within the County Borough area.

Wrexham County Borough Council is one of 22 unitary local authorities in Wales. This document is designed to inform both the local implementation document and the TAITH* Regional Transport Plan (RTP). The TAITH Regional Transport Consortium will author the RTP on release of the Wales Transport Strategy from the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG). Other constituent authorities in TAITH will share many of the same development wishes, in terms of rail, within their own areas. This document reflects the priorities in the Wales Spatial Plan and contributes to the corporate objectives of Wrexham County Borough Council, in particular “Improving Roads and Transport” and “Improve Health, Social Care and Well Being (including Sustainability)”. This document will be periodically revised as appropriate.

The Regional Transport Plan, much the same as the Local Transport Plan that it will in time replace, aims to identify improvements to sustainable transport modes thereby reducing the dependency on private and road based transport. This document will inform the local implementation strategy of sustainable transport (particularly in relation to rail) and will be complemented by similar strategies for Walking, Cycling, Buses and Taxis, Community Transport and Road Freight.

This strategy is designed to be complementary to other approved strategic documents, published and maintained by Wrexham County Borough Council, including;

as well as regional strategies in which Wrexham County Borough Council have an interest such as the ‘Northwest Regional Economic Strategy 2006’ and ‘Strategy to Reality’ : Rail Passenger Council Feb 2005.

Railways running through the WCBC area are the Chester – Wrexham – Shrewsbury line (including Wrexham General, Ruabon and Chirk stations) and the Wrexham – Bidston “Borderlands” line (including Wrexham Central, Wrexham General and Gwersyllt stations). Wrexham County Borough Council does not own or operate railways or railway services but it will work to deliver sustainable benefits to the rail sector.

* TAITH is the regional transport consortium for North Wales, including Wrexham CBC, Flintshire CC, Denbighshire CC, Conwy CBC, Gwynedd CC and Anglesey CC.